Rising demand for recycled materials is essential for the health of the planet and for the global economy. By processing materials into a specification-grade commodities, recyclers help keep valuable material out of landfills and avoid the potential for its mismanagement.
Through the process of buying and selling, valuable recycled material moves to where there is demand. It becomes essential feedstock utilized in the manufacturing of new products worldwide. More than 800 million metric tons of recycled commodities are consumed worldwide each year.
In the United States, export sales of recycled commodities significantly benefit the U.S. trade balance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. International Trade Commission, the United States exported more than 38 million metric tons of recycled commodities valued at $19.2 billion to more than 150 countries in 2019.
As the largest supplier of recycled materials in the world, the U.S.-based recycling industry is truly the first link in the global manufacturing supply chain. ISRI aggressively advocates initiatives that promote free and fair trade of recycled commodities. It remains a key component of ISRI’s Advocacy Agenda.