A Word About Recycling with Ollie Maier

Recently, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) highlighted the many positive contributions of the recycling industry to the U.S. manufacturing industry as part of National Manufacturing Day.

We find that “In 2016 alone, more than 130 million metric tons of metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics were manufactured into specification grade commodities by the U.S. scrap recycling industry.”

As a spokesperson for the ISRI stated, “National Manufacturing Day helps call attention to the critical role recyclers play in America’s overall economy and the variety of ways recycling affects one’s everyday life.”

He added “The recycling industry is proud to be the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, as it provides a source of raw material to other manufacturers that is environmentally friendly compared to virgin material.” This helps the industry be an economic engine, job creator and a resource of sustainability.

ISRI believes “that since the dawn of civilization and the earliest attempts at manufacturing, humans have recognized the intrinsic value of scrap and the benefits associated with using and reusing existing products to create new goods.”

And “As U.S. manufacturing grew and became more complex, scrap recycling became more important, adapting not only to market drivers but also to shifting national priorities in the context of our finite natural resources.”

From ISRI figures, we find the scrap recycling industry has made a number of contributions to the U.S. economy, including:

1) Generating nearly $16.5 billion in export sales to 155 countries;

2) Directly and indirectly employing approximately 534,000 workers in 2016;

3) Generating nearly $117 billion annually in economic activity;

4) Drawing in $13.2 billion in revenue for federal, state and local governments; and

5) Lowering energy costs by producing recycled materials that require less energy during the manufacturing process than virgin materials.

Switching subjects, in our monthly report of what area citizens recycled at the local Green Guy Recycling Services drop-off site, here are the amounts for August:

• Metals: 1,775,661 lbs.

• Cardboard: 221,280 lbs.

• Paper: 43,740 lbs.

• Glass: 23,901 lbs.

• Plastic: 8,897 lbs.

• Monitors: 3,224 lbs.

• Electronics: 1,395 lbs.

• Used oil: 1,600 gallons

• Tires: 469

Plus the normal amount of printer cartridges, rechargeable batteries, Styrofoam peanuts and reusables.

We should all be proud of these amounts, plus that of curbside recycling and other local drop-off sites.

So till next week, do have a great one…

Ollie is a local citizen concerned with the environment and helping others. A retired Air Force fighter and instructor pilot, he is a graduate of Leadership San Marcos and received his degrees at Texas State University where he worked on staff before totally retiring. For questions or comments, he invites you to call him at 512-353-7432 or e-mail omaier@txstate.edu

San Marcos Daily Record

(512) 392-2458
P.O. Box 1109, San Marcos, TX 78666