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ISRI board approves significant changes that reflect today's recycling industry

New plastics division created and bylaw to allow members to join multiple commodity divisions

ISRI board approves significant changes that reflect today's recycling industry

At its Fall 2013 meeting, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors made two significant changes to the organization’s governance: the creation of a new plastics division within the association and a change in the bylaws to allow members to join multiple commodity divisions. These changes were made to reflect the nature of today’s recycling industry.  

Prior to becoming a division, ISRI members concentrating on plastics recycling worked through an ad hoc plastics council. By elevating the group to division status, ISRI has created a formal infrastructure which allows the association to develop tools and materials for plastics recyclers. In addition, plastics recyclers will be represented with three seats on ISRI’s Board.  

“The plastics recycling sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the recycling industry, presenting a great opportunity for the newly created Plastics Division to mitigate some of the barriers to recover plastics while offering visibility into the global supply chain,” said Jonathan L. Cohen, president of Generated Materials Recovery and chair of ISRI’s Plastics Division. “There is strong industry-wide interest in seeing this area of recycling become more robust and accessible, and we expect the Division to play a leading role in contributing to this development.”  

The other major change, permitting ISRI members to join multiple divisions, was made as more and more companies are handling multiple commodity streams and have a vested interest in the policy development, resources, and programming of more than one division.  

“Twenty years ago companies typically specialized in only one commodity, but today they are increasingly handling significant volumes across multiple commodity streams,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “This change was needed to ensure members have a voice within ISRI for each and every commodity they produce.”  

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. ISRI represents more than 1,700 companies in over 20 chapters in North America, that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides safety, education, advocacy, 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.

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