Publisher's Letter

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April 30, 2010
Jim Keefe

Evolving with the Industry

The scrap and recycling industry has evolved from a business characterized by peddlers using horse-drawn wagons to gather off throws from consumers and industry into a highly sophisticated global business. Today the industry is responsible for the production of a wide range of basic raw materials used to produce everything from autos to egg cartons. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers, produces billions of dollars in revenue and, very importantly, helps to protect our environment and conserve the earth’s natural resources.

Since Recycling Today was founded as Secondary Raw Materials magazine in 1963 it, too, has evolved. The magazine is available in print and digital formats. Our team also produces and offers a weekly e-newsletter and specialized monthly e-newsletters for metals shredding, electronics recycling and plastics recycling.

Our group also has grown to include coverage of the demolition and mixed C&D processing market through Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine, coverage of the rapidly converging records management and document/product destruction industry through Storage & Destruction Business magazine and the worldwide recycling industry through Recycling Today Global Edition.

Our portfolio of industry directories has grown from the Paper Recycling Markets Directory to include the North American Scrap Metals Directory, the Directory of Plastics Recyclers, the Directory of Electronics Recyclers and comprehensive buyers’ guides. We also produce the online Recycling Market Information (RMI) database.

Our range of services extends to industry meetings. Our annual Paper Recycling Conference, produced in conjunction with the Paper Stock Industries chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., is the largest paper recycling event in the world. Our European Paper Recycling Conference offers a unique opportunity for nations throughout the EU and globally to come together for industry dialogue. And, new this year, in conjunction with the National Demolition Association and other industry partners, we’re introducing the C&D Recycling Forum for the demolition and C&D recycling industries.

The evolution of our group’s coverage of this marketplace has come a long way since 1963, mirroring the industry itself. Many of the media resources we publish evolved as the result of covering what began as niche segments of the recycling industry and grew to become stand-alone businesses.

We’ve also embraced the idea of delivering the information we provide through a blend of new technology and tried-and-true methods. We’ll continue to explore new tools that make accessing our information easy and convenient.   

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