The press release below further solidifies
activities as contributing economically to our local and state workforce
State's recycling and reuse facilities generate $683 million in annual revenue
pays to be "green" in "Big Red
LINCOLN, NE (April 10,
2002) -- Recycling in Nebraska is not just about environmental protection,
it's also about sound economics. More specifically, it's about the far
reaching financial benefits that Nebraska garners from its growing
recycling and reuse industry. According
to the recently published Nebraska Recycling Economic Information (REI)
Study, the state's 417 recycling and reuse facilities employ 4,323 workers
and generate annual revenue of $683 million.
groundbreaking report quantifies the size and impact of Nebraska's
recycling and reuse industry, addressing a long- standing need for
economic data," said Patrick Langan, economic development consultant
with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. "Any Nebraskan
still searching for a reason to support recycling need look no further
than the results of this report. The total amount of revenue generated by
the recycling/reuse industry is nearly four times greater than total
revenue generated by the state's waste management industry."
The data is
impressive. Recycling and reuse establishments maintain an annual payroll
of $109 million, and generate $10.71 million in state government revenue
each year. The REI Study results are already gaining notice and providing
critical information to government decisionmakers, lawmakers, economic
development professionals, entrepreneurs, and financiers.
decision-making requires quality data. In many ways understanding the
contribution of recycling to Nebraska's economy will lead to smarter
programs that strengthen the entire industry here," said Kay Stevens,
executive director of the Nebraska State Recycling Association.
For many, the
economic results of Nebraska's REI Study corroborates a long list of well
established benefits of recycling and reuse. By converting waste into
valuable raw materials, recycling builds more competitive manufacturing
industries, cuts pollution, conserves natural resources, saves energy, and
reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
economic benefit of using recycled materials in products, such as the pads
we manufacture for airport lights, just makes good business sense,"
said Jack Schreiner, president of Bruckman Rubber Co., in Hastings, Neb.
Bruckman Rubber custom molds rubber products, specializing in injection,
compression and transfer molding. "The recycled
materials we use in some of our products have provided outstanding
strength and endurance characteristics."
The study was
conducted for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development by R.W.
Beck, Inc., as part of the National Recycling Coalition's U.S. Recycling
Economic Information (US REI) Study. Primary study results document
information, such as the number of recycling and reuse business
establishments currently operating; total value of goods and services
provided; total employment; total wages; and amount of materials collected
and processed annually.
In addition to
26 categories of direct recycling and reuse establishments, the study
estimates other economic activity produced in Nebraska's economy
attributable to the recycling and reuse industry using economic modeling.
The modeling system used is called IMPLAN Pro (tm). It is pubished by the
Minnesota IMPLAN Group, Inc., and widely used by economic planners for
analyzing all industry types.
Funding for the study was made possible through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund.For more information, contact Pat Langan at (800) 426-6505, (402) 471-3766, or e-mail: [email protected]