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US e-scrap recycling sees tremendous growth

United States – The US electronics recycling industry provides the nation’€™s economy with a US$ 5 billion annual boost as well as work for 30 000 full-time employees, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). These figures compare to US$ 1 billion and 6000 workers back in 2002, indicating tremendous growth over the last decade.

Looking back at the US e-scrap market of last year, ISRI reports some 3 to 4 million tonnes of used and end-of-life devices were processed in the USA. More than 70% of collected material is converted into specification-grade commodities – including scrap aluminium, copper, circuit boards, plastics and glass – to create new products worldwide.

Up to 75% of the volume of equipment collected originates from business and commercial enterprises. As many recyclers are operating at 50% of capacity, ISRI adds that the electronics recycling industry ‘€˜is poised to meet the anticipated increased demand for more used products and specification-grade commodities’€™.

Additionally, the marketplace has been seen to ‘€˜push’€™ electronics recyclers to become programme-certified in order to improve operational controls, meet customer demands and secure a competitive advantage. ISRI states: ‘€˜The electronics recycling industry has seen a dramatic increase in the use of third-party certifications.’€™

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