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 leads recycling industry's efforts in front of EPA

​ISRI leads recycling industry's efforts in front of EPA

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.

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​ISRI President delivers state of the recycling industry address to U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus

​ISRI President delivers state of the recycling industry address to U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus

In conjunction with the celebration of America Recycles Day, November 15th, the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in which Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) moderated. The briefing, held November 14th, was to highlight the current state of the U.S. recycling industry from the viewpoint of different stakeholders in the industry, including municipalities, material recycling facilities, consumer brands, and paper and plastic recycling groups.

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ISRI poll: Americans value curbside recycling programs but seek improvements

ISRI poll: Americans value curbside recycling programs but seek improvements

Since China banned the import of most recyclable material at the beginning of this year, curbside recycling programs in the United States have been in the spotlight. And municipalities have sought ways to improve collection and sortation. A new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reveals how curbside recycling programs in the U.S. are perceived and provides insights on how they can be strengthened to improve the quality and supply of recyclable material.

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ISRI survey indicates brands and government can help improve recycling behaviour

ISRI survey indicates brands and government can help improve recycling behaviour

While traditionally the effort to increase recycling rates has focused on education and awareness, a new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) suggests action by brands and government may play a significant role as well. The poll revealed two-thirds (66%) of Americans agree that "if a product is not easy/convenient for me to recycle, I probably would not recycle it." The poll also provides insights into ways these two sectors can better drive recycling.

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Status quo for recyclers as U.S., Mexico and Canada reach USMCA trade deal

Late Sunday night, September 30, U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators reached a deal on a new "U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement" (USMCA) to replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Although some details still require additional negotiations, and the final agreement needs to go through a number of legally-required procedures in the United States (in addition to parliamentary ratification in all three countries), all three governments are hailing the deal as a break-through modernization of the 24 year old NAFTA. 

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​ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with U.S. administration

​ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with U.S. administration

As tensions escalate amid an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China that is having a damaging effect on the recycling industry, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) this week requested the U.S. government make every effort to negotiate a path forward with China. Serving as the Voice of the Recycling IndustryTM, ISRI sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer detailing the impact the current tariff policy is having on the industry in combination with the import restrictions already imposed by China. This is part of ISRI's ongoing efforts to promote free and fair trade of scrap commodities across the globe.

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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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