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America Recycles Day: LEED for Waste Management, ACC, Coca-Cola, Cox

The recycling industry in the US last year transformed more than 130 million metric tons of scrap metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics into specification grade commodities for use in new products, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

ISRI Updates Scrap Recycling Specifications

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has published new specifications in the Scrap Specifications Circular 2015. The ISRI board of directors has approved three amendments, two additions and one deleted specification. “Our specifications serve both as broad guidelines and as a starting point in discussions between scrap buyers and sellers … Read more »

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US Recycling Industry Generates $105bn Annually

The scrap recycling industry in the US generates more than $105 billion annually in economic activity and accounts for nearly half a million jobs, according to a study released by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. The study was performed by the independent consulting firm of John Dunham and Associates … Read more »

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Americans Recycling Less, Surveys Show

Americans are recycling less, according to two surveys conducted around America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. A survey conducted by global insights firm Kelton Global on behalf of the American Chemistry Council finds that half of Americans say they recycle 75 percent or more of their recyclable items compared with … Read more »

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Aluminum Can Recycling Rate Hit 67% in 2012

Industry recycling of aluminum beverage containers in the US continued its decade-long upward trend in 2012 with a rate of 67 percent, according to data released by the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). This is the highest recycling rate since the early … Read more »

Consumer Electronics Firms Upped Recycling 27% in 2012

Consumer Electronics Firms Upped Recycling 27% in 2012

Apple, Dell, HP and some 2,000 other consumer electronics companies increased the amount of electronics they recycled by about 27 percent last year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Second Annual Report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative says consumer electronics companies working in the eCycling Leadership Initiative recycled 585 … Read more »

EPA OKs Recycling Plastics from Shredder Residue

Facilities are now allowed to recycle plastics separated from automobile shredder residue, according to the EPA’s new interpretation of existing regulations. The interpretation permits recycling plastic scrap containing levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) less than 50 parts per million. The EPA banned the manufacturing, sale and distribution of PCB products … Read more »

Aluminum Can Recycling Rate Jumps 7 Points

The US recycling rate for aluminum beverage containers jumped seven percentage points last year, from 58.1 percent to 65.1 percent, the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries have announced. That means 61 billion cans were recycled in 2011, and that aluminum cans are recycled at … Read more »