Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

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About ISRI

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ISRI represents approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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ISRI calls China's final scrap import standards disappointing for recycling industry

ISRI calls China's final scrap import standards disappointing for recycling industry

In response to the publishing of the final Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imports of Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487.2-13) - the quality standards for imported scrap by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released the following statement:

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​ISRI Hails Resumption of U.S. Mint's Mutilated Coin Redemption Program as Major Victory for Recycling Industry

​ISRI Hails Resumption of U.S. Mint's Mutilated Coin Redemption Program as Major Victory for Recycling Industry

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has applauded a decision by the U.S. Mint to resume the Mutilated Coin Redemption Program after a nearly three-year suspension. The program is worth millions of dollars to the recycling industry which recovers coins left in end-of-life products turned over for scrap processing.

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​ISRI Files WTO Comments in Response to China's Proposed Scrap Import Standards

​ISRI Files WTO Comments in Response to China's Proposed Scrap Import Standards

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to notifications made by the Government of China regarding proposed scrap import standards on November 15 . ISRI supports the Chinese Government's strategy to improve the environment and encourage sustainable recycling. However, the organization is concerned that the draft standards, if implemented, will lead to extensive disruptions in global supply chains because the proposed standards are not in line with the globally recognized ISRI Specifications and lack specific guidance for exporters.

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China's Proposed Contaminants Thresholds not in line with global standards, according to ISRI

China's Proposed Contaminants Thresholds not in line with global standards, according to ISRI

In response to China's notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to adopt Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487.2-13), the standards that set the allowable contaminants thresholds for scrap imports, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released the following statement earlier this month.

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Proposed Specifications for Poly Vinyl Chloride(PVC) Plastic Recyclables approved

Proposed Specifications for Poly Vinyl Chloride(PVC) Plastic Recyclables approved

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors approved new specifications for Rigid PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Recyclables at its Fall Meeting on November 8. The new PVC Specifications are intended to encompass more of the plastics recyclables that are actively trading in the scrap plastics marketplace.

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Importance of Quality focus of MRF Council Forum at ISRI meeting

Importance of Quality focus of MRF Council Forum at ISRI meeting

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) MRF Council held a forum in early November on the potential recyclability of several consumer products packaging items. With more than 60 people participating, including recyclers of plastics, paper and, metals; private, for-profit MRF operators representing more than 200 material recovery and recycling facilities across the country; municipal MRF operators; recycled material end-users, including paper mills and plastics reformulators; brokers, and trade associations, the meeting brought together a large cross section of the industry with different vantage points.

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​America Recycles Day Celebrates Recycling Industry's Innumerable Economic and Environmental Benefits

​America Recycles Day Celebrates Recycling Industry's Innumerable Economic and Environmental Benefits

 (Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, celebrates America Recycles Day November 15th, by applauding all individuals who make a strong effort to recycle as part of daily life, and encouraging all to learn more about recycling and the industry. America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, takes place yearly on November 15 in an effort to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. 

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Registration Open for ISRI’s 2018 Convention and Exposition

Registration Open for ISRI’s  2018 Convention and Exposition

(Washington, DC)- Registration is open for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) Annual Convention and Exposition. ISRI2018, the world's largest annual gathering of scrap recycling professionals, will be held April 14-19, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. ISRI2018 is set to provide scrap recyclers from around the world with the educational and networking opportunities, product showcases, and industry news needed to maximize their time, dollars, and return on investment. 

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China Concerns Weigh on Nonferrous Scrap Market Sentiment

China Concerns Weigh on  Nonferrous Scrap Market Sentiment

As the world's largest importer of nonferrous metal scrap, China continues to be a critical market driver for scrap metal recyclers. In 2016, mainland China accounted for 70 percent of all U.S. copper and copper alloy scrap exports and more than 50 percent of U.S. aluminum scrap exports, according to Census Bureau data. Given China's dominant share of global nonferrous metal consumption and the potential impacts of looming Chinese scrap import restrictions, it should come as no surprise that China was a recurring topic of conversation at ISRI's 2017 Commodities Roundtable Forum in September. 

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