ISRI Scrap Yearbook 2012
The ISRI Scrap Yearbook 2012 is the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the scrap recycling industry in the United States. The yearbook not only includes useful information about the economic and environmental benefits associated with scrap recycling, but also provides readers with commodity-specific overviews of how scrap is generated, processed, traded and used. In addition, the yearbook contains practical examples of the life cycles and material flows of key recycled goods and commodities.
The yearbook is intended as a valuable resource both for members of the scrap industry and related sectors as well as for those looking to learn more about our industry. Teachers and students, policymakers, members of the press and the general public can benefit from learning more about how the scrap recycling industry provides manufacturers with vital and cost-efficient raw materials, while at the same time supporting thousands of good-paying jobs and conserving our natural resources.
The initial section of the yearbook provides readers with an introduction to ISRI, followed by selected economic and environmental-related highlights. For example, in 2011 alone the U.S. scrap recycling industry processed approximately 135 million metric tons of scrap commodities valued at $100 billion while directly and indirectly supporting nearly 460,000 jobs. Subsequent sections provide commodity-specific data and information across a range of scrap commodities, including recycled iron and steel, nonferrous metals, paper, plastics, electronics, tires, glass and textiles. The yearbook appendix breaks down global scrap exports by commodity, volume and value for 2011.
Data for the yearbook were provided by U.S. government agencies, international sources (including the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database), other industry associations, independent studies and ISRI estimates.
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