Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

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About ISRI

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ISRI represents approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety 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. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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ISRI releases statement on China’s announcement of tariffs on all scrap imports

ISRI releases statement on China’s announcement of tariffs on all scrap imports

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has released the following statement in response to China's announcement that it will impose a retaliatory tariff on the import of all scrap commodities from the U.S.: "ISRI is already hearing from contacts in China that the announcement has caused consternation among Chinese consumers of U.S. scrap commodities. Although these tariffs will not be levied on imports from other countries, it is our understanding that other regions may not be able to fulfill all of China's demand. This is in line with other reports that the trade war has had an impact on the Chinese economy across many sectors. 

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Recycling industry's partnership with law enforcement reaches new heights, according to ISRI

Recycling industry's partnership with law enforcement reaches new heights, according to ISRI

For more than a decade, the recycling industry has made a strong effort to fight the theft of metals and other materials through proactive outreach to law enforcement. One such example was the creation of ScrapTheftAlert.com in 2008. The alert system is a free online tool for law enforcement to broadcast alerts to local scrap facilities to be on the lookout for stolen material. The system recently reached the milestone of more than 10,000 registered law enforcement users, which constitutes approximately 21 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States being represented.

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ISRI’s Annual Commodities Roundtable to focus on domestic consumption with an eye on global markets

ISRI’s Annual Commodities Roundtable to focus on domestic consumption with an eye on global markets

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.

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U.S. recycling industry united on goal of addressing key industry issues

U.S. recycling industry united on goal of addressing key industry issues

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.

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​ISRI advocacy delivers for recyclers in latest tariff measures

​ISRI advocacy delivers for recyclers in latest tariff measures

As China and the United States continue to spar back and forth with new tariffs being imposed on key imports on goods from each country, the recycling industry has largely been spared. On Friday, the Trump Administration announced a final list of products from China that would be assessed a 25% import duty. Several equipment parts imported from China for use in recycling operations were included on a list of targets earlier this year, but removed after pressure from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

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​Recycling industry focuses on improved quality with latest changes to Paper Specifications

​Recycling industry focuses on improved quality with latest changes to Paper Specifications

The paper recycling industry has been working diligently over the last several years to improve the quality of the recycling stream. Through a collaborative effort, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter and ISRI's Paper Division - whose members include recyclers, paper mills, MRF operators and other industry stakeholders -- are working to improve the quality of recycled material through a reduction in contamination. This effort recently included an update to the "Guidelines for Paper Stock" in ISRI's Scrap Specifications Circular that among other changes, clearly lists items that are considered "Prohibitive Materials" and should not be included in the recycling stream. In addition, for the first time, "Zero Tolerance" is also defined.

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​CCIC's Canadian operations authorized to inspect U.S. scrap shipments to China

ISRI received information May 22 that the Chinese Government will allow CCIC's Canadian operations to temporarily undertake pre-shipment inspections and issue certificates for U.S. scrap shipments bound for China. The authorization has been issued starting immediately through the end of the suspension of the U.S. operations on June 4. Containers will still be subject to 100% inspection upon arrival.

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​ISRI elects new slate of national officers

Brian Shine, Manitoba Corp., ISRI's new chair.

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).

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​Recycling Research Foundation silent auction at ISRI 2018 sets new records

​Recycling Research Foundation silent auction at ISRI 2018 sets new records

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. 

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