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Brighter Days: Output of U.S. recycling sector up 6.4 percent

Washington, D.C. ⁠— The resilience of the global recycling industry was showcased last week at the Institue of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) annual conference and exposition stage as organization President Robin Wiener said U.S. recycling industry output is up 6.4 percent from pre-pandemic levels.

“As the industry gathers virtually for our ISRI 2021 annual convention this year, we are proud to celebrate how recycling plays an essential role in not only our environment but also in the US and global economies,” said Wiener. ‘As the world recovers from a global pandemic, the resilience of the recycling industry once again shines through with a total economic output that is up 6.4 percent compared with pre-pandemic levels.”

An Economic Impact Study conducted by John Dunham and Associates says that the U.S. recycling sector is “directly responsible” for more than 159,000 jobs. In addition, 346 000 jobs are indirectly supported by the industry through suppliers and services.

The US recycling industry generates US$ 116 billion (almost EUR 100 billion) in economic output for the national economy, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) during its annual convention and exposition. The recycling sector’s direct contribution to the economy is US$ 46.4 billion.

 

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