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year the scrap recycling industry recycles roughly 135 million metric tons of materials, thereby transforming society’s outdated and obsolete products and materials into useful raw materials needed to produce new products.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.