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State Recycling Economic Information (REI) Efforts

In addition to the national REI study, numerous states assessed the economic impact of recycling and reuse in their state. A regional study was also conducted by the Northeast Recycling Council, providing detailed analyses for that region of the country.

Use the links below to review the state-specific results, as well as corresponding studies and outreach activities.

California | EPA Region 5 | Florida | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Mid-American Council of Recycling Officials | Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | New Hampshire | Northeast Recycling Council | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin

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California Integrated Waste Management Board
California REI Study (PDF) (82 pp, 1.1MB)
The University of California at Berkeley’s The Economic Impact of Waste Disposal and Diversion in California Exit EPA

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US Environmental Protection Agency — Region 5 (includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
Letter from EPA Region 5 Administrator (PDF) (1 pg, 11K)

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida REI Study (PDF) (68 pp, 1.2MB)

Florida REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

3,683

  Total Employees:

32,138

  Annual Payroll:

$765,176,000

  Annual Revenues:

$4,374,479,000

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Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Exit EPA
Illinois REI Study (PDF) (124 pp, 1.6MB)
Illinois Press Release (PDF) (2 pp, 11K)

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Illinois REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

2,412

  Total Employees:

56,249

  Annual Payroll:

$1,849,637

  Annual Revenues:

$12,267,184

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Indiana Department of Commerce Exit EPA
Indiana REI Study Exit EPA
Indiana Fact Sheet (PDF) (8 pp, 476K)

Indiana REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

1,709

  Total Employees:

74,970

  Annual Payroll:

$3,086,333,000

  Annual Revenues:

$18,908,934,000

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Recycle Iowa (an initiative of the Iowa Department of Economic Development)
Iowa REI Study (PDF) (121 pp, 426K)
Iowa Press Release Exit EPA
REI Website Exit EPA

Iowa REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

  Total Employees:

26,781

  Annual Payroll:

$906,926,888

  Annual Revenues:

$3,630,669,572

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Michigan Recycling Coalition
Measuring Recycling Exit EPA

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Mid-American Council of Recycling Officials (MACRO)
REI Brochure (PDF) (2 pp, 2.3MB)
REI Presentation (PDF) (16 pp, 572K)
PSA #1: MP3 | Text
PSA #2: MP3| Text
These PSAs were developed for MACRO by Learfield Communications to promote the results of the REI project.

MP3 files must be played with an MP3 player, such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, and iTunes.

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Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Minnesota 2000 REI Study Exit EPA

Minnesota REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

  Total Employees:

25,900

  Annual Payroll:

$772,000,000

  Annual Revenues:

$4,510,000,000

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources
REI Statistics Exit EPA

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development Exit EPA

Nebraska REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

417

  Total Employees:

4,323

  Annual Payroll:

$109,192,000

  Annual Revenues:

$683,132,000

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Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
(Supported by Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont)
NERC REI Study (PDF) (134 pp, 1.3MB)

Northeast REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

13,218

  Total Employees

206,506

  Annual Payroll

$6,820,225,000

  Annual Revenues

$44,204,372,000

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio REI Study (PDF) (87 pp, 1MB)

Ohio REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

3,177

  Total Employees

98,302

  Annual Payroll

$3,602,743,000

  Annual Revenues

$22,514,778,000

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (through NERC)
Pennsylvania REI study Exit EPA

Pennsylvania REI Results

 

  Recycling and Reuse Establishments

3,247

  Total Employees:

81,322

  Annual Payroll:

$2,886,264,000

  Annual Revenues:

$18,398,776,000

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Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Wisconsin REI Study – To Be Determined

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