Businesses and the general public alike frequently ask us questions about recycling industry statistics, so we have added some interesting facts and figures for you. Also, please find links to additional recycling facts that can be found on the EPA and Virginia DEQ’s webpage.
Recycling Creates U.S. Jobs
In one year, recycling and reuse in the United States accounted for*:
- 757,000 jobs
- $36.6 billion in wages
- $6.7 billion in tax revenues
* This information was taken from the 2016 EPA Recycling Economic Information Report
By diverting recyclable materials from landfills, immediate benefits are produced for companies by reducing waste disposal fees and the sale of recycled materials.
Retaining Local Employers
Industries that need recyclable commodities that can be obtained from the surrounding region are more likely to stay and expand with the industry.
Support for vibrant recycling industry helps produce revenues that help the surround communities.
Economic Development Opportunities
Increased collection of materials attract businesses that are interested in processing or using the materials.