Why the Recycling Industry is Essential

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A word from the voice of the industry, ISRI, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

ISRI Requests National Essential Designation for U.S. Recycling Operations

(Washington, DC) – With states and communities across the country taking important steps to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry®, today in a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, requested that all recycling operations across the U.S. be designated “essential” to public health and welfare, as well as to our nation’s economic infrastructure. The recycling industry supplies a significant portion of the raw materials needed by manufacturers to produce the goods relied upon by Americans every day, including those needed during this critical time.

“The recycling industry is essential to supplying U.S. manufacturing with the materials necessary to produce steel, aluminum, paper, plastics, rubber and many other materials.”

“Over the past several days, many state and local governments have been ordering the shutdown of “nonessential” businesses. We recognize and fully support the need to take these drastic actions in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, we urge you to help provide consistency in the determination of what is considered essential by formally recognizing that recycling operations are essential businesses, necessary for the continued supply of raw materials for U.S. manufacturing, including the steel and papermaking industries that are part of the foundation of our country’s manufacturing economy and that are relied upon by Americans every day
for producing everything from automobiles, appliances and construction equipment to food packaging, writing papers and toilet paper. “

Read the publication from ISRI here.

Click here to read the full letter to the Vice President.