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Joe Pickard
Chief Economist
Director, Commodities

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Putting Americans to Work

Putting Americans to Work

Several recent studies show that the U.S. scrap recycling industry creates and supports hundreds of thousands jobs here in the United States and generates billions in revenue for our federal government and state and local governments across the country. The industry is a multi-billion-dollar “Made in America” manufacturing success story that also helps protect our environment and saves energy.

Economic Impact of U.S. Scrap Recycling Industry (2015)

A new study has found that the people and firms that purchase, process and broker old materials to be manufactured into new products in America provide 471,587 adults with good jobs in the United States. 

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Economic Impacts and Environmental Benefits of Plastics Recycling
December 2010

Final Report on Economic Impacts and Environmental Benefits of Separating, Sorting, Processing,and Recycling Plastics in the Automobile and Appliance Shredder Aggregate.

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Economic Impact of U.S. Scrap Recycling Industry (2013)

A new study has found that the people and firms that purchase, process and broker old materials to be manufactured into new products in America provide nearly 460,000 adults with good jobs in the United States. 

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Inside the U.S. Electronics Recycling Industry
October 2011

Electronics recycling has shown tremendous growth over the past 10 years.  Hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of workers are active in the sector,figures that have been growing over the years… as the use of electronics equipment becomes ubiquitous and generalized.

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