Mark Carpenter: November 13, 2018

**November 15th is America Recycles Day**

Americans Value Recycling but Seek Improvements

New Poll Provides Keys to How Communities Can Improve in Wake of China Ban

Mark Carpenter

Senior Director Communications at ISRIΒ 


Since China banned the import of most recyclable material at the beginning of this year, curbside recycling programs in the United States have been in the spotlight. A new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reveals how curbside recycling programs in the U.S. are perceived and provides insights on how they can be strengthened to improve the quality and supply of recyclable material.

Municipalities have sought ways to improve collection and sortation. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans have curbside programs where they live (79%). Of those with programs, almost 9 in 10 find the recycling services to be valuable (88%). It is split nearly in half between those who feel these programs are effective and efficient, compared to those who believe they can be improved (43% to 45%).

Did You Know?

  • The recycling industry is directly and indirectly responsible for more than 534,000 jobs in the U.S.
  • Generates more than $13 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue annually
  • The total estimated reduction in C02 emissions from scrap recycling globally is approximately
  • 410 million tons per year. More than half of those polled feel public education would help
  • The Most Popular recommendations focus on the pickup process

Mark Carpenter, spokesperson and Senior Director of Communications at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is available on Tuesday, November 13th, to discuss how your listeners would benefit if provided with more easily accessible information about recycling. Furthermore, he’ll discus how this information could increase recycling efforts and help protect us and the natural environment.


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More about Mark Carpenter:

Mark Carpenter has nearly two decades of public affairs and public relations experience covering the fields of recycling, homeland security, healthcare, energy, foundation management, and more. He has worked at ISRI for the last five and a half years as a spokesperson and Senior Director of Communications, handling public outreach initiatives. Mark is a veteran of Capitol Hill, having worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. He also has experience on a number of political campaigns, trade associations, and grassroots advocacy organizations. Mark earned a MS in Justice, Law and Society from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Political Science from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

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