The recycled materials industry plays a pivotal role in the manufacturing process. In the United States, 70 percent of materials processed by the recycling industry annually are used in American manufacturing.
The recycling industry is also essential in helping other manufacturers reach their sustainability goals and creating a greener planet for future generations. When it comes to jobs, more than half a million in the United States are currently supported by the recycling industry.
Recycling’s role in manufacturing goes beyond the use of recycled content. It is equally important that manufacturers design products with recyclability in mind. The industry actively works with manufacturers to ensure such through ISRI’s Design for Recycling® (DFR) principles and award.
As manufacturing and recycling industries grow and evolve, it is important to ensure a steady supply of skilled workers both now and in the future. ISRI’s youth education curricula and outreach program provide a preview into the work of the recycling industry and encourages students to consider the many career paths within the industry. Equipping tomorrow’s workforce begins today.
Recycling provides critically essential raw materials ensuring supply chains are not disrupted, protecting our natural resources, and keeping prices down for the products Americans rely on every day.
- Recycling Protects Natural Resources: 70% of the steel produced in the U.S. comes from recycled metals!
- Recycling Makes Us Less Dependent on Scarce Resources: 75% of all the aluminum used in manufacturing since the 1880s is from recycling!
- Recycling Makes the Supply Chain More Sustainable & Self-Sufficient: More than 91% of cardboard boxes are recycled!
- Recycling is Constantly Innovating to Recycle More Material: More than 85% of a car can be recycled into items like your next laptop, essential infrastructure, and more!
- Recycling is a Renewable Source of Raw Material: Your cell phone contains plastic, gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, all of which can be recycled and transformed into your favorite jewelry, wiring in your home, and more!
- Recycling Provides High-Quality Materials for Everyday Items: Old tires are recycled and used in playgrounds, athletic fields, farm surfacing, flower pots, roofing, and more!
- Recycling is a Renewable Source of Materials for Essential Infrastructure: Recycled plastics are used in roadways, healthcare equipment, and more!