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ABOUT THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY...FROM STATS TO SPECS


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Recycling Yearbook Provides Updated Industry Data
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The 2017 Recycling Industry Yearbook, released by ISRI in early September, provides the most up-to-date information and statistics about both the U.S. scrap industry and the global scrap market. This annual publication offers a clearer understanding of what the scrap industry is
and how it works, along with the tremendous economic, environmental, energy, and trade
benefits the industry generates. The 2017 edition included expanded coverage of the global
scrap marketplace and international trade of scrap commodities. 


Economic Impact Study Released
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ISRI released the results of its 2017 Economic Impact Study in April, which revealed that
the recycling industry directly and indirectly supports well over 500,000 jobs in the U.S.
and generates more than $116 billion annually in economic activity. The study--conducted
by John Dunham & Associates—also found that the industry generates more than $13.2
billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue annually. Economic impact figures are available
at the national, state, congressional, statehouse, and city levels.  An interactive map can be
found at www.isri.org/jobstudy.


Specifications Updated
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ISRI continued to review existing specifications and the need for new specifications or modifications to ensure that ISRI specifications reflect the most current needs of market participants in the U.S. and around the globe. In 2017, ISRI added new specifications for
glass and inbound mixed recyclables for materials recovery facilities as well as new
specifications for rigid PVC plastic recyclables, covering siding, pipe, and window profiles;
deleted several expired recovered fiber grades for old newspaper and mixed paper; and amended several existing nonferrous specifications and added others. ISRI continued to
pursue opportunities to expand the global acceptance and usage of its specifications for
the entire range of scrap commodities. As part of those global marketing efforts, ISRI met
with the Commissioner of Customs for the Government of India to establish a mechanism
for linking ISRI’s Specifications and customs clearance at India ports of entry. In addition,
the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular was translated into Chinese in 2017 and is available
on the ISRI website.


International Trade Database Launched
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As part of ISRI’s efforts to become the leading source of information on U.S. and global scrap recycling, in 2017 ISRI assembled the first-ever database of international scrap trade flows by major commodity, trading partner, and for the world. The database provides international scrap trade figures going back to 2005 for ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap, plastic scrap, recovered paper and fiber, and other recycled commodities. As an added benefit, ISRI members can request custom trade reports by scrap commodity, trading partner, volume, and dollar value.






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