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National Manufacturing Day highlights role of recycling

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) celebrated National Manufacturing Day by highlighting the many positive economic contributions of the industry to the U.S. manufacturing landscape. Each year, more than 135 million metric tons of metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics are manufactured in specification grade commodities by the U.S. scrap recycling industry.

The contributions of the scrap recycling industry to the U.S. economy include:

  • More than $90 billion in sales in 2012, up from $54 billion in 2009;
  • Generating nearly $28 billion in export sales to 160 countries;
  • Directly and indirectly employing 463,000 workers – including an increase of 15,000 since the beginning of 2010;
  • Drawing in more than $10 billion in revenue for federal, state and local governments; and
  • Lowering energy costs by producing recycled materials that require less energy during the manufacturing process than virgin materials.

National Manufacturing Day, currently in its second year, occurred in October. It provides an opportunity for American manufacturers to showcase the potential the sector holds and promote interest in future manufacturing careers.

For teachers and students interested in future recycling careers, ISRI teamed up with the JASON Project to develop a K-12 science, technology, engineering and math curriculum complete with lesson plans and teaching aids.