2. The recycling industry

The recycling industry is a large and diverse network of public sector institutions (e.g., local governments, state agencies, colleges and universities) and private companies. Recycling organizations are steel mills, iron and steel foundries, paper manufacturers, computer and electronics manufacturers, glass container manufacturers, rubber producers, pavement producers, plastic reclaimers and converters, private and government safe collection centres, materials recovery facilities, and recyclable materials wholesalers.

The economic impact of the recycling manufacturing sector far exceeds the recycling collection, processing and reuse sector.

Recyclables have high value. The recycling process allows materials that would become waste to be used as valuable resources. Recyclables that you put in your bin and take to a drop–off centre and up to the market as valuable commodities can contribute significantly to the economy. The increasing supply of recyclables fuels manufacturing industries, supporting their compatibility and sustainability.

In general, national recycling and reuse industries are favourable to other key industries such as automotive manufacturing and mining. The recycling industry far outpaces the waste management sector because recycling adds value to the material and increases the labour force. Reuse industry creates many jobs, ranging from the more traditional thrift shops and antique dealers to computer manufacturers and pallet rebuilders.