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November 23, 2015
A study by the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA) has concluded that “although recycling has generated questions around its costs and other complex issues, Pennsylvania continues to be a national leader” in recycling.
“The amount of materials recycled [per person] in the Commonwealth is three and a half times that of the country as a whole, and grew by 22 percent in a five-year period, from 4.8 million tons to 5.85 million tons,” according to the study commissioned by the PWIA. The organization summarized findings of the study at the 2015 Pennsylvania Recycling Industries Congress, held in mid-November in Harrisburg.
That study also determined that the waste industry—a combination of collection, disposal and recycling activities—makes an annual contribution of $4.2 billion to the state’s economy and supports more than 26,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, according to the PWIA.
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