ISRI statement on American Jobs Plan highlights essential role of recycling in infrastructure
Touting the numerous economic, environmental, and manufacturing benefits of recycling, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden's proposed infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan:
"ISRI applauds President Biden's proposal to inject long-overdue federal funding into the nation's transportation infrastructure, especially where it concerns revitalizing those networks that are key to transporting manufactured goods - the lifeblood of our economy. We also applaud the Administration's commitment to prioritizing the use of sustainable and energy efficient materials in the process, and we urge Congress to swiftly pass related legislation that emphatically promotes the use of recycled materials to that end.
An improved transportation infrastructure is absolutely necessary to relieve the shipping bottlenecks that are harming manufacturing and exports. As the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, recycling is integral to the U.S. economy and is essential to the U.S. and global manufacturing supply chain, supplying commodity-grade recyclable metals, paper, plastics, glass and rubber as feedstock for the production of new materials and goods. Keeping the industry open means ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient modes of transporting those goods and materials throughout the country, as well as into external markets through ports. President Biden's plan seeks to address many of the pressure points that congest the transporting and exporting of those valued materials, and we support the relevant actions proposed in his plan.
Moreover, using recycled materials is a sustainable solution towards combating the climate crisis and making infrastructure more resilient. With the industry recycling more than 130 million metric tons of commodity grade materials each year to transform outdated or obsolete products and materials into useful raw materials needed to produce new products, recyclers are an action-ready and reliable source of material for such a massive proposed infrastructure overhaul, offering real, sustainable solutions for environmental stewardship.
We look forward to working with members of Congress to influence a comprehensive infrastructure package that meets the needs of the recycling industry and the goals of the Administration to ensure reliable, climate-friendly solutions to alleviate our nation's infrastructure woes."
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.