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Economic Benefits

Recycling Provides Economic Benefits

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  • Encourage your community to adopt variable rate trash collection fees where residents pay only for the waste they discard.
  • Throwing away leaves, grass clippings, and yard waste can add greatly to disposal costs and quantities. Composting these materials can reduce the need to purchase fertilizers, mulches, and soil conditioners.
  • By converting waste into valuable products, recycling creates jobs, contributes feedstock to manufacturing, and adds significant value to the entire U.S. economy.

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Recycling Means Business in Pennsylvania

  • Recycling and Reuse Establishments - 6,373
  • Recycling and Reuse Employment - 66,041 jobs
  • Annual Sales Receipts - $30.0 billion
  • Annual Labor Income - $4.8 billion

Recycling Adds Value to Pennsylvania's Economy

  • Collection and processing, the first step in the recycling process, involves collecting, sorting and aggregating recyclable materials. It includes public and private hauling operations, material recovery facilities, scrap yards, recyclable material wholesalers, and compost and mulch facilities. About 1,837 of these operations employ 12,698 people in Pennsylvania, with a payroll of $962 million and annual sales of $4.7 billion.
  • Recycling manufacturing further processes, refines, and converts recycled feedstocks into manufactured goods, which include glass container and beneficiation plants, paper and steel mills and converters, foundries, and plastic interim processors and manufacturers. This sector includes 579 operations that employ over 39,799 people with a payroll of $3.3 billion and annual sales of over $23.7 billion.
  • Reuse and remanufacturing focuses on the refurbishing and repair of products to be reused in their original form. These activities include electronics, valuable used motor vehicle parts, furniture and clothing, wood reuse, and other types of remanufacturing or reuse. Approximately 3,957 operations in the reuse and manufacturing sector contribute over 13,544 jobs, a payroll of $537 million and sales of over $1.5 billion.