From the earliest known use of scrap in 3000 B.C., to the optical scanners, x-rays and air jets separating materials in today's high-tech shredders, scrap recycling has evolved as the major industry dedicated to transforming materials to create new products, and driving economies by making the old, new again.

As the original recyclers, for decades—and indeed, centuries—the scrap recycling industry has been purchasing, processing, and brokering old materials to be remade into new products, providing critical resources for America’s manufacturing industries. Now, with the growing societal focus on protecting our natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the scrap recycling industry is being recognized as the world’s largest and oldest environmental industry, while playing a prominent role as an economic leader, job creator, major exporter, and environmental steward.

In the 21st century, the scrap recycling industry is uniquely positioned to meet the challenges of today’s world, by being a leading economic engine for America, while providing real solutions that help protect and sustain the earth’s environment. Scrap recycling has been creating “green jobs” for decades, providing new jobs based on environmentally sensitive and sustainable business practices. View the materials below to learn more about how the scrap recycling industry offers real, sustainable solutions for balancing economic growth and environmental stewardship.