The largest recycling companies based out of the United States are Mervis Industries, Caraustar Industries Incorporated and Tomra of North America, as reported by the American Registry. More large recycling companies include Schupan and Sons, American Paper Recycling Company, Commercial Alloys Corporation, Casella Waste Systems, Shapiro Metals and Republic Services.
The continuation of mandatory state recycling systems, the start of new ones and the spread of manufacturer and retail take-back systems have helped keep material flowing into recycling plants even in the slowest months the economy had to offer, as stated by Recycling Today. This steadiness on both the supply and demand side has allowed many recyclers to continue investing in new equipment and new facilities and to enter long-term agreements to serve retailers, manufacturers, corporations and government agencies that generate scrap and recyclable material.
This has led to a rise in product of recycling companies, and amounts of such businesses, pushing more and more names to the top of the list of largest recycling companies of the United States. The U.S. alone throws away about 168 million tons of garbage a year, and for that amount, about 80 million tons is recycled. This amount equals that of 3 lbs. of garbage per person per day, stated by Keep American Beautiful.