plastic bottles / Bignai, ShutterstockThe Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its annual Scrap Yearbook, a statistical and comprehensive publication regarding the U.S. and global scrap industry.

The book is meant to be a guide for recycling industry members as well as provide an explanation and overview of the industry, including its benefits and challenges.

The Yearbook reveals that in 2015, 190 million tons of scrap metal, paper, plastic, glass and other materials valued at more than $80 billion were exported around the world, with the U.S. exporting 37 million metric tons worth $17.5 billion. The value of materials exported increased nearly $7 billion between 2005 and 2015.

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