Ohio Recycling Industry Shows $22.5 Billion in Annual Sales

Columbus, OH - Ohio's recycling industry generates $22.5 billion in direct sales, employs more than 100,000 people and accounts for $650.6 million in state tax revenues, according to a recent report issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The report, authorized by ODNR's Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), provides a first-ever evaluation of the economic impact of Ohio's recycling industry and its supporting businesses. It will be included in a national recycling economic impact profile currently being developed by the NRC. The study assesses Ohio businesses involved in recycling collections, processing, and the use of recycled materials to manufacture products. Results found the state's recycling industry is successful, diverse and provides significant economic benefits through jobs, investment capital, and state government tax revenues.

Authors of the study looked at 26 recycling and reuse business categories identified through the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). They analyzed the direct economic impact of recycling on these industries and estimated the indirect and induced impacts. They also estimated government revenues derived from the recycling and reuse industries.

According to the report, 3,177 Ohio businesses are directly involved in recycling activities while another 133 businesses support those industries in some indirect way. More than 98,000 Ohioans work directly in the recycling industry - sorting recyclables, operating machinery and manufacturing end products. While another 3,800 workers support their activities as accountants, attorneys, consultants and manufacturers.

Workers in Ohio's recycling industry earn a combined annual payroll of $3.6 billion with another $60 million going to people employed in supporting businesses. Recycling accounts for $22.5 billion in direct sales in Ohio and $625 million in indirect sales. State tax revenues from both direct and indirect recycling efforts total $650.6 million annually.

Among states completing the recycling economic impact study, Ohio is a leader in both employment and sales derived from the industry. The number of Ohio workers involved in recycling, 4.3 percent of the workforce, far exceeds neighboring states of Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. And the salaries earned by Ohio recycling workers (an average of $36,600) also lead the salaries of their counterparts in those states.

The complete text of the economic impact study of Ohio's recycling industry is available on the ODNR web site at www.dnr.state.oh.us.

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