Recycling industry creates jobs, coaxes economic gains

A new study suggests that the recycling industry generates $87 billion in yearly economic impacts and is responsible for about 500,000 jobs.

The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries commissioned the John Dunham and Associates study to determine the industry's size and scope. The study revealed:

The industry is responsible for 462,780 direct and indirect jobs in the U.S.

  • Nearly 138,000 of those direct jobs pay an average of $69,475 in wages and benefits.
  • The industry generates about $4 billion in state and local revenue yearly
  • Recycling industry companies also pay $6.3 billion in federal taxes.

ISRI tracks data from the iron and steel, tire-making, glass, paper, plastic, textiles and electronics industries.

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