ISRI filed comments in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Notice for Public Comments on Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Aluminum” to highlight the strong interconnections between U.S. scrap recycling and primary aluminum industries.
The submission draws attention to the scrap recycling industry as an environmental steward and economic driver with 4.9 million metric tons of aluminum scrap valued at nearly $7 billion processed last year, more than filling U.S. domestic demand for scrap aluminum and producing significant energy savings of up to 95 percent as compared to using virgin materials. The market for scrap materials is increasing globally, with excess supply contributing to a positive balance of trade. ISRI is a strong proponent of free and fair trade, supporting the Administration’s actions to protect against unfair trading practices, but the submission cautions against the use of export controls on processed aluminum scrap as part of a solution to the challenges facing the U.S. aluminum industry. Any questions can be directed to Adina Renee Adler.