Environmental Impact Report

Through your continued support and dedication, NRRA has assisted our members to recycle and manage over 47,039 tons of material in 2021! 

Below you'll see the comprehensive NRRA Environmental Impact Report, which highlights some of the many positive impacts generated from our members' combined recycling  efforts in 2021.  

The recyclable materials listed below were sent to market to be remanufactured into new products through your non-profit recycling organization, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association.

2021 NRRA Environmental Impact Report

Recyclable Material
Amount Recycled in 2021
Environmental Impact
Aluminum Cans444 tons

Conserved enough energy to run 610 homes for a year!

Electronics799 tonsConserved enough energy to fire up 35,515 propane BBQ grills!
Paper12,749 tonsConserved enough energy to charge over 5 billion cell phones!
Plastics1,122 tonsSaving over 43,292 trash bags from ending up in a landfill or incinerator!
Scrap Metal9,935 tonsConserved enough energy to drive a car 117 million miles!
Steel Cans305 tonsConserved enough energy to swap 26,580 incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs!
Tires1,359 tonsConserved the equivalent of 489,130 pounds of coal being burned!
Glass7,064 tonsConserved the equivalent of 184,421 gallons of diesel consumed!

Avoided Emissions:

Recycling uses much less energy than making products from virgin resources, and using less energy means fewer greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. 

By recycling the materials above, our members have avoided about 97,840 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

This is the equivalent of removing 21,269 passenger cars from the road for an entire year.

 The above data was calculated using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waste Reduction Model (WARM).