Many North American recycling businesses rely on the hard work of industry associations to help ward off burdensome legislation. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the U.S. and the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries(CARI) in Canada provide members with educational resources, networking opportunities and advocacy muscle at home and abroad. These associations also have a long history of collaborating with one another to combat common issues.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, is hosting its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, September 5 to 7, 2018, in Chicago. This event attracts brokers, traders, buyers, and sellers of scrap materials for up-to-date discussions on commodities markets and the state of global and domestic trade.
In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.
A new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) documents the reasons for the extensive use of thermal treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) in waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in Europe and discusses how they might support the expanded use of thermal treatment in North America as an effective and proven process for treating residual waste.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has released a new report informing Canadians that their recycling efforts continue to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada. This is the eighth year the CPIA has conducted the Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada and in 2016, the numbers show plastics recycling increased by almost 1% in 2016 compared to 2015.
In a press release this week, the Washington D.C.-based National Recycling Coalition poses the question: "The China crisis: who's crisis is it?" Their answer. "It is ours." Below are the full comments from NRC.
During its 2018 convention and exposition, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) elected four new national officers who will lead the association and industry over the next two years. In addition, the ISRI Board of Directors elected four directors-at-large and one associate director. Heading up the new team of leaders is Chair Brian Shine of Manitoba Corp. (Buffalo, NY).
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has kicked off its third annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit at NPE2018: The Plastics Show, running May 7-11, leveraging the association's premier triennial tradeshow as an opportunity to both reach new and diverse attendees and allow Re|focus attendees to experience NPE. All registered Re|focus attendees will receive free access to the NPE show floor for a chance to see plastics manufacturing innovations in action.
As part of its continuous effort to provide funds for college students and industry research, The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) recently announced it raised a record amount of nearly $40,000 through its annual silent auction. RRF, a nonprofit closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), promotes the art and science of scrap processing and recycling through the research, sponsorships, technical assistance, and educational programs for the purpose of advancing the industry.
Recycling Council of Ontario to trial unique co-operative model to decrease food waste in the commercial sector
Co-operatives are structured to meet the common needs of its members. A food co-op, for example, may offer local and organic produce, partner with local suppliers, and make it more accessible and affordable for members to buy groceries.
For Earth Day 2018, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is committing to a renewed focus on reducing the generation of single-use plastics and correctly recycling these materials, urging industry and public education efforts.
ERA announces rebranding to Electronic Reusing Association in time for organization's 15th anniversary
The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), the Calgary-based non-profit organization addressing the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing 'digital divide' has announced the business' rebrand to the Electronic Reusing Association. This comprehensive rebrand elevates the focus on reuse rather than recycle and this will be evident in their new logo and website within the coming months.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) have announced their partnership on the 2018 MRF Summit, to be held at SWANA's WASTECON conference, August 20-23 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Global leader ExxonMobil is the first energy company to join The Recycling Partnership, a rapidly growing national nonprofit that leverages corporate investment to transform recycling for good in hundreds of communities across the country. Through support and collaboration, ExxonMobil, along with 34 other companies including Coca-Cola, Target, Amazon, Pepsi, Starbucks and P&G, is helping The Recycling Partnership create a sustainable future through recycling.
The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has unveiled its Grassroots Action Center, a new online advocacy tool for members and stakeholders to contact lawmakers on issues important to the industry.
Fresh off major victories included in the tax reform law and through the resumption of U.S. Mint's Mutilated Coin Program and in advance of its 2018 Convention and Exposition, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its 2018 Advocacy Agenda. The Agenda highlights the recycling industry's priorities at the local, state, federal, and international levels related to Taxes & the Economy, International Trade, Energy and the Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Workplace Safety Initiatives, and Regulatory Policy.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that membership has exceeded more than 10,000 members across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Isabelle Faucher, Managing Director of the Carton Council of Canada (CCC) has told delegates at the Canadian Waste Resource Symposium meeting, taking place in Quebec City, March 13 through 15th, that the CCC is investing in a comprehensive strategy to increase carton recycling across Canada. The primary lever of the strategy is driving information and knowledge resources to the participants in the carton value chain, from consumers to the manufacturers who use cartons as the feedstock for their products.
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association is celebrating Global Recycling Day on March 18, organized by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), by providing education and clarification on textile reuse and recycling. The day challenges consumers to make at least one change to their recycling habits, and SMART encourages the public not to forget about textile waste.
Call2Recycle Canada encourages consumers to replace and recycle used batteries when ‘Springing Forward'
Sunday March 11, Call2Recycle Canada, the country's leading consumer battery stewardship and recycling program, reminds consumers to change, replace and recycle used batteries for Daylight Saving Time. This includes checking battery-operated items like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with other frequently used household or workplace items.
Cities across the world are announcing their plans to celebrate the inaugural Global Recycling Day. The initiative from the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) will call on the world to think "resource" not "waste" when it comes to recycling and encourage people to think of recycling in a new way. On the 18th March 2018 in London, the Global Recycling Day team will showcase the scale of what is possible, by using large bundles of recycled materials at a central location. The Federation of Recycling Enterprises (FEDEREC) will hold a press conference at World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) France's Headquarters in Paris to raise awareness of the need to utilise the world's Seventh Resource on Thursday March 15th. There will be similar events on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and Sao Paolo for Global Recycling Day on March 16th.
Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., the country's leading consumer battery stewardship and recycling organization, has achieved the latest Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification, R2:2013. R2 is the leading standard for recycling organizations and is recognized by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), an electronic recycling non-profit that serves as the housing-body for the R2 standard. The distinction reinforces Call2Recycle's commitment to following stringent requirements on the safe and secure collecting and processing of batteries.
For 30 years, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has served as the Voice of the Recycling Industry TM, yet over the course of that time, few years have brought as much change as did 2017. In ISRI's just released 2017 Annual Report, the impact of these changes and the important role the organization has played in helping the industry navigate the landscape are highlighted in detail.
On February 16th, the Victoria, B.C.-based Coast Waste Management Association hosted a meeting and seminar called Plastics Management - economic, market and regulatory trends affecting plastics. The conference, held in Nanaimo, B.C., brought together close to 80 delegates from Vancouver Island and around the province, and as far away as the Yukon and Washington State, including an expert industry panel. The goal of the meeting was to discuss present market conditions and what can be done to adapt, in light of China's recently established policy on regulations surrounding import of recycled materials. Attendees were briefed on work that is being done to address the issue, alternative markets for plastics and what we might expect to see going forward.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has established a new Recycling Task Force, created to provide guidance to members, industry stakeholders, state/provincial and local governments, and elected officials, concerning the challenges facing recycling programs in the United States and Canada.
(Arlington, VA) The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has joined with a broad collection of associations in a letter urging Congress to make infrastructure a top priority. Among the recommendations is the direct investment of $1 trillion over ten years to improve the safety and efficiency of U.S. infrastructure.
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.
Silver Spring, MD - Solid waste collection workers continued to have the 5th deadliest job in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 2016 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released today shows that the rate of fatalities among waste collection workers decreased by more than ten percent last year, but has not changed the industry's ranking among the deadliest occupations (see charts).
(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.
Silver Spring, MD - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) proudly supports America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, on November 15, 2017.
Celebrating America Recycles Day with "Smart"er recycling: encouraging the donation and recycling of old textiles
For this year's 20th National America Recycles Day on November 15, SMART is reminding North Americans not to forget about the importance of reusing and recycling textiles. According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials, almost any textile can be reused and recycled: old clothing, bath towels, bed sheets, stuffed animals, curtains, purses and even bras!
For 16 years Waste Reduction Week in Canada has been highlighted in calendars to remind and encourage everyone on the importance of reducing waste. Canadians are proud of their environment and have been recognized around the world for recycling programs. However, work can still be done; among OECD countries Canada ranks 26 out of 35 by only recycling and composting 24 per cent of its municipal waste.
During a presentation at the Canadian Conference on Stewardship in Montreal, held September 27-29, Extended Producer Responsibility Canada (EPRC) released its 2017 report on the progress Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments have made year-over-year since 2011 in developing and implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies and programs in compliance with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's (CCME) Canada-wide Action Plan on EPR.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to welcome Jeffrey Murray, P.E. as SWANA's new President for Fiscal Year 2018.
SCRANTON, IOWA - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently named their 2017 Excellence Awards recipients. The awards, which are given out annually, honour programs and facilities in 13 municipal waste industry categories. Five customers of refuse-industry leader New Way® Trucks have been selected to receive awards at SWANA's annual WASTECON event, September 25-27 in Baltimore.
Minneapolis, MN - On behalf of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Board of Directors, and during its 40-year anniversary year, NRC President Bob Gedert today announced the hiring of Marjie Griek as the new NRC Executive Director. "We are extremely grateful for the astounding pool of professionals that applied for this position, and are very excited to present Marjie in this new role. I'm more than confident that with Marjie's credentials and experience she'll successfully help lead the Coalition toward its next and successful 40 years," Gedert said. He reported on Griek's new role at the NRC's Annual Membership Meeting held at the Resource Recycling Conference yesterday.
The Recycling Partnership announced the recipients of its Steve Thompson Memorial Education Grants program to bring more than 50 recycling professionals from across the U.S. to Minneapolis for the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference to further their recycling education. At the end of 2016, The Recycling Partnership released its 2016 State of Curbside report, identifying the key attributes of the highest-performing recycling programs in the U.S. The single attribute found in 100 percent of those communities was engagement in "public action," where local program staff were actively managing their programs. In other words, recycling professionals are the key to better program performance.
The Solid Waste Association of North America ) and the California Resource Recovery Association have announced the launch of their new Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course, developed by the two organizations along with Kessler Consulting over the past two years.