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ReMA Lauds New Report on Successful Impacts on Recycling

Recycling Partnership shows proof of positive change in residential recycling

(Washington, DC) – When communities, industry stakeholders, and brands all work together to address challenges in the recycling stream, positive change can be accomplished as is demonstrated by the Recycling Partnership’s 2020 Impact Report. As a Funding Partner and as the Voice of the Recycling Industry®, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) applauds the efforts of the Partnership and all those who contributed research and data, educational tools, and other resources to advance recycling.

“Through the programs highlighted in this report that are successfully extending access to recycling programs and improving education, people across America are rediscovering recycling,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “As people see the essential nature of recycling in their daily lives, more material will be entering the residential recycling stream with less contamination. These success stories of impact can be built upon in the months and years ahead to make an even bigger difference in communities.”

The report shows how the Partnership invested more than $90 million to assist over 1,500 communities address challenges in their residential recycling streams. The results showed the following impact:

• 700,000 households received new recycling carts;
• 230 million pounds of recyclables materials destined for landfills instead entered the recycling stream;
• 251,000 metric tons of carbon emissions prevented; and 
• 77 million households reached.

"Working together to strengthen the U.S. residential recycling system through investment, innovation, and market demand initiatives, we have the ability working together to further strengthen recycling in communities across the country,” concluded Wiener. “ISRI, as the organization representing those who process recyclable materials, will continue to play a pivotal role moving these efforts forward.”


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ReMA represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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