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 Recycling Means Economic and Environmental

 

Recycling Helps Pennsylvania's Economy

Recycling manufacturing involves the conversion of recyclables into new products. The primary recycling industries in Pennsylvania are steel mills, paper and paperboard mills, plastic converters, glass container plants and nonferrous metal manufacturers. These and other recycling manufacturers employ more than 64,000 people with a payroll of almost $2.5 billion and annual sales of more than $15.5 billion.

Reuse and remanufacturing focuses on the refurbishing and repair of products. The largest activities are retail sales of used motor vehicle parts and used merchandise. Reuse and remanufacturing contributes more than 7,000 jobs, a payroll of $115 million and sales of more than $500 million annually.

Municipal and private collectors, material recovery and composting facilities, and recyclable material wholesalers employ nearly 10,000 people in Pennsylvania with a payroll of $284 million and annual sales of $2.3 billion.

Support businesses that provide goods and services to the recycling and reuse establishments also contribute to the Commonwealth's economy. Recycling and reuse equipment manufacturers, consulting/engineering services, brokers and transporters contribute an additional 13,297 jobs and $1.8 billion in annual receipts.

 

Recycling Contributes to State Revenues

Pennsylvania tax revenues from recycling and reuse businesses are estimated at $305 million
per year.

 

Recycling Means Business in Pennsylvania

Recycling and Reuse Establishments - 3,247
Recycling and Reuse Employment - 81,322 jobs
Annual Sales Receipts - $18.4 billion
Annual Payroll - $2.9 billion
Indirect Benefits - $1.8 billion
Taxes to General Fund(est.) - $0.3 billion
TOTAL - $23.4 billion

 

Recycling Provides Industry with An Environmentally Preferable Source of Raw Materials

Supplying industry with recycled materials is environmentally preferable because it saves energy, conserves scarce natural resources and avoids carbon emissions from materials extraction, materials and product manufacturing, and waste disposal. In 2005, Pennsylvania recycling programs supplied industry with over 4.8 million tons of commodities like metals, paper, glass, plastics, wood, organics and other materials.

 

Recycling Conserves Natural Resources

Recycling conserves the world's natural resources and reduces the need for landfills and other disposal facilities, thus allowing land to be preserved or used in other ways. By recycling over 1.1 million tons of steel in 2005, Pennsylvania industries saved 1.4 million tons of iron ore, 829,786 tons of coal and 71,124 tons of limestone. Through recycling newsprint, office and mixed paper, we saved the equivalent of 78 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

 

Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Recycling in Pennsylvania reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 million metric tons of carbon equivalent, which is comparable to eliminating the emissions produced by 1.7 million cars and light trucks.

 

Recycling Saves Energy

Recycling in Pennsylvania saves more than 97 trillion BTUs of energy each year, enough to power 941,000 homes and the equivalent of saving 786 million gallons of gasoline.

 

Recycling Reduces Emissions of Air and Water Pollutants

Pennsylvania's recycling efforts reduced other air emissions, including 7,731 metric tons of sulfur oxides and 8,814 metric tons of nitrogen oxides. Water pollution reductions totaled more than 9,000 tons in 2004.

 

 Pennsylvania’s Recycled Product Manufacturers

 

Automotive Supplies

Axion Battery Products, Inc.
New Castle

East Penn Mfg.
Lyon Station

Edge Rubber
Chambersburg

Exide Corporation
Reading

Mats From Flats
Pequea

Bottles & Containers

Drug Plastic and Glass Co.
Boyertown

Glenshaw Glass Co.
Glenshaw

Graham Packaging
York

Interstate Container
Reading

Owens-Brockway Glass
Clarion

Owens-Brockway Glass
Brockway

Owens-Brockway Glass
Crenshaw

Saint-Gobain Containers
Port Allegany

Building Materials

Advanced Drainage Systems
Muncy

Aeolian Enterprises
Latrobe

Aged Wood
York

American Recycled Wood & Pallet
Portersville

Applegate Insulation
Chambersburg

Armstrong World Industries
Beaver Falls

Armstrong World Industries
Marietta

Bil-Dry Corporation
Philadelphia

BJM Industries
Kittanning

Black Rhino
West Mifflin

Bristolpipe
Leola

Carlisle Tire & Wheel
Carlisle

Cedar Hollow Recycling
Phoenixville

Certainteed
Valley Forge

Citilog
Lewistown

Conklins Authentic Antique Barnwood
Susquehanna

Crafco
Allentown

Delaware Valley Recycling
Philadelphia

Dodge Regupol
Lancaster

Emmanuel Tire of PA
Conshohocken

Enviro-Products Inc.
Dillsburg

Erie Energy Products
Erie

Everlast Plastic Lumber
Auburn

Expanko, Inc.
Parkesburg

General Recreation
Newtown Square

Global Rubber, Inc.
King of Prussia

Insul-Board, Inc.
Erie

Laminations, Inc.
Scranton

Leapfrog Technologies
Altoona

National Gypsum
New Columbia

New Pig Corporation
Tipton

Omni/Ajax
Sugarloaf

Omni Products, Inc
Lancaster

Penn-Pro Insulation
Washington

Permagrain Products
Newtown Square

Phoenix Recycled Plastics
Conshohocken

Polycycle, Inc.
Scranton

Port Erie Plastics
Harborcreek

Quality Fence & Supply
New Holland

Recycled Rubber Technologies
Somerset

Reifer Rubber Co.
Manheim

Safety Turf Inc.
Oaks

Santana Products, Inc.
Scranton

Specialty Plastics Unlimited
Blue Bell

Tarco Roofing Materials
Green Castle

Winzinger Recycling
Philadelphia

Yates Company
Erie

Yorktowne Paper Mills
York

Cans & Metals

Mittal Steel
Steelton

U.S. Steel – Edgar Thompson Works
Braddock

Clothing & Accessories

Close the Loop
Kunkletown

Coffee Vest Co.
Pittsburgh

Knutes
Lemont

Leo Sewell
Philadelphia

Littlearth Productions
Pittsburgh

New Threads
Philadelphia

Performance Sports Apparel
Reading

Rag Rugs
Dillsburg

Rainbeau
Philadelphia

Recycling Services
Pottstown

White Light Productions
Downingtown

Home & Yard

AgRecycle
Pittsburgh

B & R Recycling
Mechanicsburg

Bird Adobes
Macungie

Casual Living Unlimited
New Holland

Centre County SWA
Bellefonte

Confab Corporation
Wayne

Dumor
Mifflintown

Dyco Industries
Bloomsburg

G.I.S., Inc.
McKees Rocks

Grandview Nurseries
North Huntington

Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA)
Lebanon

Grow Joe, Inc.
Bellefonte

Henry Molded Products
Lebanon

James Industries
Holidaysburg

John Rock & Co.
Coatesville

Keslick & Sons Modern Arboculture Products
West Chester

Mahatango Tire, Inc.
Liverpool

Martin Mulch Products
Ephrata

Miller’s Wood Recycling
Lewistown

National Sales & Supply
Bensalem

Nelson Alternative Disposal Systems
Waterford

Nursery Supplies, Inc.
Chambersburg

J. A. Rutter Co.
Monroeville

Omega Wood Products
Marcus Hook

Pandya Inc
Johnstown

Reifen Rubber Co.
Manheim

Reuben Stoltzfus
Honey Brook

Safety Turf, Inc.
Oaks

The Woodbed Company
St. Marys

Waste Not Technologies
Saylorsburg

Winans & Sedeski, Inc.
Hallstead

Zeager Brothers
Middletown

Zwicky and Sons
Robesonia

Zwicky Processing & Recycling
Fleetwood

Packaging Materials

Dart Container Corp.
Leola

The DELTAPAPER Corp.
Levittown

Foam Fabricators, Inc.
Erie

Foam Fabricators, Inc.
Bloomsburg

Foamex
Eddystone

Isco Systems
Biglerville

Raybob Packaging, Inc.
Tullytown

Rewrap
Philadelphia

Signode Consumable Plastics
Downingtown

Tegrant Corp.
New Brighton

Treen Box and Pallet Co.
Bensalem

Paper & Office

Adhesives Research
Glen Rock

American Eagle Paper Mills
Tyrone

American Renaissance Paper
Bala Cynwyd

American Thermoplastic
Pittsburgh

Cartridge World
Various Locations

Connelly Container
Philadelphia

Five Point Data Systems
Perkasie

Laser Link, Inc.
Boyertown

Laser Protech
Berwick

Laser Supply Inc.
Edgemont

Laser Technologies
Exton

Laserlink, Ltd.
Aston

Max International Paper
Lancaster

Morco, Inc.
Cochranton

Newman & Company
Philadelphia

Newstech PA
Northampton

Operation Good Brother
Uniontown

P. H. Gladfelter Co.
Spring Grove

Rock-Tenn Company
Delaware Water Gap

Schuylkill Cartridge King
Pottsville

Sealed Air Corp.
Modena

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
Philadelphia

Suriyage Art
Lancaster

Westvaco Corporation
Williamsburg

United Corrstack, Inc.
Reading

Yazoo Mills, Inc.
New Oxford

Recycling Containers

Rehrig Pacific Company
Erie

United Receptacle
Pottsville

Windsor Barrel Works
Kempton

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Edward G. Rendell, Governor
 
Department of Environmental Protection
Kathleen A. McGinty, Secretary
 
 
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