As the recycling industry celebrates America Recycles Day, November 15th, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) continues it role advocating for the industry in front of the Administration and on Capitol Hill. ISRI President Robin Wiener served as an industry representative at a special summit, "Building a More Resilient System Together," hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of the summit was to bring various stakeholders from throughout the recycling chain together to discuss key issues.
"The EPA plays a critical role in helping recycling rise above current challenges, while taking advantage of the many opportunities that exist throughout the recycling chain," said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. "There are key issues that need to be addressed regarding the supply and demand of recyclable materials. The EPA is in a unique position to help foster relationships between manufacturers, brands, state and local governments, consumers, MRF operators, others in the recycling industry, and additional stakeholders. ISRI applauds the EPA's efforts today and looks forward to strengthening our partnership and improving recycling across the board."
The summit focused on four key areas: Education and Outreach; Enhancing Materials Management Infrastructure; Strengthening Secondary Materials Markets; and Enhancing Measurement.
"ISRI is uniquely positioned to provide the resources for the EPA to not only drive discussion, but also to take concrete actions that will benefit the recycling industry as a whole," concluded Wiener. "With ISRI Specifications, market research, member expertise, educational curriculum, and international relationships, among its assets, there is no organization better qualified than ISRI to work hand-in-hand with the EPA on these very important issues. Working together, and in collaboration with other organizations, we will have a significant impact in improving the recycling stream."