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Recycling goes far beyond the bin at the edge of the curb. Who recycles your cars, appliances, even old buildings? Where do bridges, stadiums, and ocean liners go at the end of their lives? What happens to the billions of pounds of boxes used by grocers and retailers, and all other recyclable items each year? The majority of recyclable material generated in the U.S. ends its life and beings a new life at a for-profit professional scrap recycling facility!
Scrap recycling is a $90 billion industry in the United States that annually transforms more than 135 million metric tons of obsolete materials from consumers, businesses, and manufacturers into useful raw materials that are essential to the manufacturing of new products. The scrap industry’s knowledge and expertise make recycling possible.
ISRI Scrap Yearbook 2017 is designed to not only provide the most up-to-date information and statistics about U.S. scrap recycling, but also aims to provide readers with a clearer understanding of what the scrap industry actually is, how it has evolved and operates, and the scope of the tremendous economic and environmental benefits the industry generates for the United States and the planet.