In addition to generating significant economic benefits, the scrap recycling industry is a pivotal player in environmental protection, resource conservation, and sustainable development. The industry recycled approximately 130 million metric tons of materials in 2016, transforming outdated or obsolete scrap into useful raw materials needed to produce a range of new products.
Recycling saves impressive amounts of energy which, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
According to figures from the U.S. EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the nearly 130 million metric tons of commodities recycled in the U.S. last year saved the CO2 equivalent of 410 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to the energy use of more than 43 million homes for one year.
Did you know:
The U.S. electronics recycling industry annually processes more than 5 million tons of used and end-of-life electronics equipment - cell phones, TVs, computers, copiers, fax machines, music players, and even iPads!
More than 70% of the electronics collected and recycled here in the U.S. can be sorted and used as ingredients in the manufacture of new products.
Shredding or otherwise processing the electronics makes available the valuable materials contained within them - including copper, steel, aluminum, plastic, and glass. The rest are refurbished and resold as functioning electronic equipment both here in the U.S. and internationally.