Our friend and associate Jim Murray of Onwords & Upwords, who has been working with us for a number of years helping us manage our communications, passed on an Associated Press Article this week concerning a bronze sculpture which had been stolen from the Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa and destroyed for its scrap value. This was not the first such incident and unfortunately, it likely won’t be the last.
Following the release of new data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reported last month that the scrap recycling industry is a healthy one.
In the U.S. the industry grew 40 % between 2009 and 2010 adding about 10,000 jobs to an industry that now employs about 113,000 people. Revenues from 130 million metric tons of scrap metal, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics were more than $77 billion U.S as the industry provided raw material for consumers in the United States and more than 155 countries around the world. It contributed nearly $30 billion U.S. in export sales alone.
One of the elements we always try to include on our web site and in our advertising is the symbol of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries or CARI. We have been a member of this organization for many years and always do our best to support their mandate and various initiatives.
In 1941 the Canadian government called for a coordinated approach from industry to provide high quality scrap metal to support the war effort. Understandably metals were extremely scarce at this time. In fact, the United States Mint actually stopped making copper pennies altogether in 1943.