World Trade Month 2022
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Each year, the United States observes World Trade Month as a way to acknowledge the importance and many benefits of international trade to the economy. Recycling is essential to a healthy trade balance.  The role of the recycling industry as it relates to trade is vital to the economy, supply chains, the environment, and beyond. 

Recycling is Essential to Keep Supply Chains Moving

The significance of the export of valuable recycled content to other countries has perhaps never been greater. Employing readily available recycled commodities into the supply chain provides necessary relief for manufacturers experiencing delays while awaiting virgin materials.

Recycling is Essential to Global Manufacturing

Recycled materials are a key manufacturing feedstock that meets about 40 percent of the world’s industrial raw material needs. The more we recycle globally, the more we work to head off the future shortage of goods.

Recycled Exports are Essential to the Environment

By exporting excess valuable recycled commodities to other countries, the recycling industry helps prevent the need to extract more of the earth’s finite natural resources.

Recycled Exports are Essential to the Economy

Annually the recycling industry’s export related economic impact in the United States is $35.70 billion. This includes more than $11 billion in wages, and $3.8 billion in taxes generated. These are significant contributions to the overall U.S. trade balance.

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Annually the recycling industry’s export related economic impact in the United States is 35.70 billion. #ReyclingIsEssential #WorldTradeMonth

Recycling is an essential component of the circular economy. #ReyclingIsEssential #WorldTradeMonth

America’s recycled materials help reduce global energy demand and greenhouse gases as well as the need to mine and harvest virgin materials. #ReyclingIsEssential #WorldTradeMonth

International trade is an important part of the American economy, of which recycling plays an essential role. #ReyclingIsEssential #WorldTradeMonth

U.S. exports of all recycled commodities rose 50.6% year-on-year to $31.3 billion in 2021. #ReyclingIsEssential #WorldTradeMonth

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