Shredder “fluff” or automobile shredder residue (ASR) is loaded with foam, glass, fabric, rubber, and plastics. A Nathan Associates study concludes that recovery and further recycling of the plastics found in ASR would have numerous direct and indirect benefits for the U.S. economy and environment. Assuming 1.75 million tons are recovered and recycled from ASR annually, we estimate
The total economic impact of new spending would amount to
About half the economic impact is attributable to new spending on the recovered and recycled plastics, and such spending would be annual rather than one-time events like investment in manufactured equipment and spending on new construction.
Environmental benefits include annual savings in
The study was commissioned by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), which is advocating for clear regulations governing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Download the complete study (22 pages) to learn more about the data used in our estimates, the model we constructed to estimate impacts and benefits, and our detailed findings.