May 15, 2009
Gershow Recycling Says Recycling Is the Key to Transforming the U.S. Economy and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling, says the use of recycled steel to create new products will not only save manufacturers money on purchasing raw materials, but those same manufacturers will help preserve the environment by reducing emissions. On top of keeping such waste out of municipal landfills, recycling steel products preserves the environment by reducing emissions compared to the manufacturing of new products from raw materials, he said.
Environmental conservation plays a key role in the U.S. economy with the creation of "green” jobs. Scrap recycling is responsible for the employment of more than 85,000 people nationwide, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI). Gershow Recycling employs over 750 people, and has been in operation since 1964.
At the ISRI convention, which was held April 26-30 in Las Vegas, former U.S. President Bill Clinton pointed out that scrap metal recycling is the key to revitalizing the U.S. economy and countering climate change. In his speech, he praised the industry for its conservation efforts.
"We welcome the former president’s comments on the scrap metal recycling industry,” Mr. Gershowitz said. "We are proud to be part of this industry. We have been practicing environmental conservation long before it reached the social consciousness, as we have been making high-quality scrap products for over 45 years.”
According to the ISRI, scrap metal recycling — which is a $71 billion industry — accounts for 40 percent of the world’s raw material needs. Two out of three pounds of steel made in the U.S is made using ferrous scrap. Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2,500 lbs. of iron ore, 1,400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs. of limestone.
Recycling steel requires 60% less energy than producing new steel from iron ore, the ISRI states. Compared to using iron ore, using scrap to create new steel reduces mining wastes by 97%, air pollution by 86% and water pollution by 76%. For steel manufacturers, that means a reduction in mining costs associated with acquiring these materials, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
"The scrap metal industry will continue to lead the way, and has shown that growing the national economy and environmental conservation can work hand in hand,” Mr. Gershowitz said. "Using recycled steel to create new products helps manufacturers save money they would have otherwise spent on raw materials, and reduce their carbon footprint as well.”