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Support for US Senate recycling resolution

ISRI – The Recycling Roundtable – an advocacy group comprised of the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), the Aluminum Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA), the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Paper Recycling Coalition (PRC) – has announced its strong endorsement of US Senate Resolution 251 ‘expressing support for the improvement of collection, processing and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United States’.

The Resolution was introduced by US Senators Tom Carper and Olympia Snowe – co-founders and co-Chairs of the Senate Recycling Caucus whose purpose is to educate Senate members and staff on the need for, and benefits of, recycling to the US economy and the environment, and about energy savings generated through recycling. It also supports public policies aimed at increasing recycling.

‘This Resolution puts the US Senate on record about an industry that protects the earth and our natural resources, boosts our economy, contributes positively toward the US trade deficit, and creates good paying green jobs,’ comments ISRI’s President Robin Wiener. ‘Today the industry is facing many obstacles, but this Resolution ensures us that our lawmakers not only recognise the positive contributions of scrap recycling but also recognise the need to support the industry and create a beneficial environment for its continued growth.’ AF&PA’s President and CEO Donna Harman adds: ‘We commend Senators Carper and Snowe for their leadership in promoting recycling, and we look forward to continuing our own improvement with the goal of increasing our industry’s recovery rate to exceed 70% by 2020.’

And Steve Larkin, President of the Aluminum Association, states: ‘We’ve reached a point in the US where we produce more recycled aluminum than we do new virgin aluminum. The aluminum industry is built on recycling and it needs to be more of a national priority. This Resolution is a great first step.’

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