(Denver) – The Colorado Association for Recycling Board of Directors unanimously voted to endorse U.S. Senate Resolution 251, which expresses support for the improvement of collection, processing and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United States.
“The recycling and resource management industry is a major contributor to the economy and it’s gratifying to see it acknowledged on a federal level. Even in these tough economic times, the industry continues to add value and jobs throughout the United States,” said CAFR Director Rick Schulte.
Introduced August 2 by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Co-Chairs of the Senate Recycling Caucus, the resolution reinforces the importance of recycling to the U.S. economy. It is estimated that recycling processors directly or indirectly employ over 450,000 Americans in local communities throughout the United States. These jobs account for more than $90 billion in economic output or roughly 0.6 percent of United States’ Gross Domestic Product, which is more than the fishing and forestry industries combined. Additionally, as expressed in the resolution, recycling is a key component of the U.S. manufacturing industry.
The resolution also highlights the environmental benefits of recycling. Recycling not only safeguards natural resources and reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, but also saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. For example, the use of recycled aluminum can save as much as 92 percent of the energy that would have been needed to make that product from virgin material.
In addition to Colorado, the resolution was also endorsed by state recycling organizations in Michigan, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Numerous other organizations also endorsed the resolution, including National Recycling Coalition (NRC), Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Paper Recycling Coalition (PRC), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Steel Recycling Institute (SRI); Environmental Paper Network, American Forest and Paper Association, Aluminum Association and Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA).
The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) is committed to supporting, educating and guiding individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. For more information about CAFR, visit www.cafr.org or contact Marjorie Griek at 720-839-9531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.