A new chapter provides a detailed look at industrial recycling, finding that over one-third of US and Canadian releases and transfers reported in 2004more than 1 million tonneswere recycled. Recycling has increased in recent years due to increases in production and in scrap metal prices. Most of the materials were metals, including copper, zinc, lead and their compounds.
The trilateral analysis is based on matched data from some 9 industrial sectors, 56 chemicals, and 10,000 facilities, comparing releases and transfers for similar facilities in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The report identifies a different pattern of releases and transfers in each of the three countries.
Comparisons of the three countries industrial emissions will continue to improve as the CEC works with governments, industry and NGOs to expand the number of chemicals and facilities that are comparable.
Taking Stock compiles data from Canadas National Pollutant Release Inventory, the United States Toxics Release Inventory, and, starting with its first year of mandatory reporting in 2004, Mexicos pollutant release and transfer register, the Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes.
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Commission for Environmental Cooperation