ISRI efforts lead to victory over flawed New Jersey legislation
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has applauded the removal of proposed legislation from consideration by the New Jersey Assembly. ISRI submitted comments opposing A-2212 and its Senate companion that would have unintentionally harmed recycling innovation and stymied investment as currently written.
"The removal of the proposed legislation is a victory for both recycling and the environment," said ISRI Vice President of Advocacy Adina Renee Adler. "This once again proves the strength of ISRI's advocacy efforts in close collaboration with ISRI chapters and members at the local level. The recycling industry welcomes discussions with the New Jersey Assembly leadership as it continues to work to develop legislation toward an inclusive and clean environment, and we remain eager to work to achieve the goal of protecting the environmental integrity of our communities."
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.