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Did You Know…

Did you know recycling creates new businesses that haul, process, and broker recovered materials, as well as companies that manufacture and distribute products made with recycled materials?

The recycling and reuse industry consists of approximately 56,000 establishments that employ over 1.1 million people, generate an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion, and gross over $236 billion in annual revenues.

Unlike the waste management industry, recycling adds value to materials, contributing to a growing labor force including materials sorters, dispatchers, truck drivers, brokers, sales representatives, process engineers, and chemists. These jobs also generally pay above the average national wage, and many are in inner city urban areas where job creation is vital.


Did you know that well-run recycling programs, like BARC, cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration? Did you know recycling helps families save money? And how about that recycling 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls?

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