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ISRI Launches upgrade - making it easier for police and recyclers to combat metals theft

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ISRI Launches upgrade - making it easier for police and recyclers to combat metals theft

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced a major redesign and upgrade to, the online tracking system used to by law enforcement to report stolen materials. ( The system allows law enforcement (and certain corporate security personnel) to post alerts that are sent to users within a 100-mile radius of the theft location.  

“ is a proven tool in helping law enforcement fight metals theft,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Through our work with law enforcement partners, ISRI received feedback on how to improve the system. The result is a more robust alert system that will further strengthen the cooperation between police and recyclers during theft investigations, and lead to additional arrests. The new system is an example of the recycling industry’s strong commitment to preventing metals theft.” has been in operation since 2008. It has yielded more than 235 arrests or warrants issued and helped to recover more than $1.3 million in property. The newly redesigned offers the following features to make the system easier to use while expanding functionality:

• Easier user interface for registering and submitting alerts;
• Ability to select multiple locations to receive alerts;
• Enhanced customizable search capabilities by material, region, date, and key words;
• Extractable search results;
• Additional materials categories to include vehicles, batteries, and cargo theft;
• Increased capacity for downloading additional images and information;
• Ability to post success stories; and
• Capability for future expansion.  

The new system is part of a comprehensive approach by the industry to address the problem of metals theft. Earlier this year, ISRI announced the creation of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council comprised of experienced law enforcement officers, prosecutors and security personnel from around the country who are tasked with the development of a multi-layered training program to assist law enforcement in metals theft prevention. ISRI also hired Brady Mills, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, to serve as the director of law enforcement outreach who will work closely with the law enforcement community.

ISRI Scrap Yearbook 2013 Now Available in Spanish and Chinese
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced that its second annual ISRI Scrap Yearbook is now available in Spanish and Chinese.

The yearbook provides the most comprehensive information and statistical look at U.S. scrap recycling, as well as more in-depth information about the industry as a whole, how it has evolved and operates and the scope of economic and environmental benefits recycling provides.  

“Recycling is a global industry and the release of the yearbook in multiple languages reflects the needs of our members and stakeholders worldwide,” said Joe Pickard, ISRI’s chief economist. “The ISRI Scrap Yearbook 2013 shows in detail how the industry responded to the year’s challenges and what that means for the future. It contains a wealth of information that stands to benefit both industry veterans and those just starting out.”  

2012 statistical highlights from the Yearbook include: • 135 million tons of scrap metal, paper, plastics, electronics textiles, glass and rubber processed; • 47 million metric tons of scrap commodities valued at nearly $28 billion exported to 160 countries; • Nearly 463,000 directly and indirectly supported by the industry; • More than $87 billion in economic activity generated; and • More than $10 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue collected.  

In addition, the Yearbook breaks down data by commodity and provides historical information on production, recovery and consumption; scrap trade flows; and scrap prices indexes.  

“New this year, the Scrap Yearbook contains expanded information about global scrap flows, fast-growing segments of the industry such as electronics, and more,” said Pickard. “Readers will not only walk away with a better understanding of how the scrap industry functions, but also what scrap is, where it comes from, how it is processed, and who uses it.”  

Copies of the Yearbook in English may be purchased online for a member rate of $4.95 or non-member rate of $14.95. Spanish and Chinese versions can be purchased by calling (202) 662-8500.

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