America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is an annual event that takes place every November 15th. This event is designed to help raise awareness and the profile of recycling. Among other ISRI members, Cozzi Recycling is using this day to promote many of the positive attributes of the industry. Not only does this event shed light on the scrap metal recycling industry, this event is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

Cozzi Recycling celebrates America Recycles Day today by applauding all individuals who make a strong effort to recycle as part of daily life, and encouraging all to learn more about recycling and the industry.

According to the ISRI Scrap Yearbook 2017, in 2016, U.S. scrap recyclers processed more than 130 million tons of scrap metal, paper, plastics, electronics, textiles, glass and rubber, creating significant energy savings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving natural resources and limiting the amount of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills. In addition to these critical environmental benefits, the scrap recycling industry also provides much-needed support to our economy and trade balance. In 2016 alone, the United States exported more than 37 million metric tons of scrap commodities valued at $16.5 billion to 155 countries around the world. Here at home, independent research conducted by John Dunham & Associates confirms that the scrap recycling industry directly and indirectly supports nearly 534,000 well-paying jobs while generating nearly $117 billion in economic activity and $13.2 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.
Cozzi Recycling  is a member of ISRI, the Voice of the Recycling Industry™.  ISRI represents approximately 1,100 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles.

November Blog

Recognized as one of the first green industries, the scrap recycling industry creates and supports jobs while having a positive impact on the environment. An April 2017 impact analysis study was conducted to document the size and scope of the scrap recycling industry in the United States and its significant impact on the U.S. Economy.

The study shows that companies in the scrap recycling industry support directly and indirectly almost 535,000 well paying jobs in the U.S. Generating more than $116.9 billion annually in economic activity. According to the study these workers earn more than $34.3 billion in wages and benefits. While the industry pays more than $13.2 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

Cozzi Recycling, its employees, and customers are a part of the scrap metal recycling industry which is a major link in the manufacturing chain.

We’ll tell you more about the study and the benefits of scrap recycling in the near future.

October Blog

In recent months, we have made some significant infrastructure improvements at our locations. Our public recycling center in Melrose Park is now a drive through facility. For your convenience and safety, no backing up is required. Simply pull into the entrance at 2400 Main Street, unload, and pull out.

After 3 months of stable scrap steel prices, volatility has returned. There has already been a significant drop in prices and we are expecting them to drop even more throughout the month.

Earth Day

In recognition of the 47th Earth Day, Cozzi Recycling is joining individuals and organizations around the world in celebration of the Earth and what can be done to preserve the planet.  Earth Day, started in 1970, takes place every April 22nd in a worldwide effort to save and nurture the environment of which recycling plays a crucial role.

“Earth Day brings together all of humanity to celebrate the planet that we share. Recycling is such a vital component in  the health of both the environment and the world economy. We hope generations to come continue to realize the importance of recycling to the preservation of the earth and its resources,” said Frank J. Cozzi, CEO of Cozzi Recycling.

Each year the scrap recycling industry recycles roughly 135 million metric tons of materials, thereby transforming society’s outdated and obsolete products and materials into useful raw materials needed to produce new products. In doing so, the scrap recycling industry has made great savings in both energy and natural resources and thus has had an extremely positive impact on our environment. Further, by purchasing products at the end of their life and processing them back into raw materials used in the manufacturing of new products, scrap recycling reduces the need for virgin materials, such as iron ore, trees, and other natural resources. Recycling reduces energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change, while helping to maintain a steady supply of raw materials for the U.S. and global economies.

“Each year Earth Day provides us with an important reminder not only of the need to do our part to protect the earth, but also the positive impact the recycling industry has on the environment and energy savings,” said Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). “Together with our members, ISRI serves as an environmental steward to not only promote recycling at all levels, but also educate future generations on the importance of recycling, encourage manufacturers to design products with recycling and earth conservation in mind.”

A few examples of how recycling helps preserve the environment include:

  • There is up to 87 percent reduction in energy consumption when producing recycled plastic compared to producing plastic from virgin materials.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill.
  • The total estimated reduction in C02 emissions from scrap recycling globally is approximately 410 million tons per year.
  • On average, the United States processes enough ferrous scrap daily, by weight, to build 25 Eiffel Towers every day of the year.

Cozzi Recycling is a member of ISRI, the Voice of the Recycling Industry™.  ISRI represents more than 1,300 manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass and textiles.