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Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

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Washington, DC
US, 20036

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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Nominations for ISRI 2019 Design for Recycling Award open until February 1st

Nominations for ISRI 2019 Design for Recycling Award open until February 1st

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is currently accepting entries for the 2019 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award. The DFR Award is ISRI's highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes. Entries are due by February 1st, 2019.

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​ISRI's 2018 Industry Yearbook confirms recycling industry resilience in year of change

​ISRI's 2018 Industry Yearbook confirms recycling industry resilience in year of change

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced the release of its seventh annual Recycling Industry Yearbook, providing the most up-to-date information and statistics about the U.S. recycling industry and global scrap marketplace. With a greater spotlight on the industry in the wake of rising trade protectionism around the globe, the publication provides the most comprehensive analysis of where the industry stands based on the most current data compared to previous years. It will also serves as a baseline for years to come based on the new global market realities.

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Recycling Research Foundation announces 2018 National Veterans Stipend Recipient

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has announced Army veteran Joshua Daniel as the recipient of its 2018 National Veterans Stipend. Recognizing the need for financial aid as veterans seek to complete their degrees, the scholarship awards up to $8,000 to those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The stipend covers $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years or the length of study.

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Recycling Research Foundation names 2018 National Scholarship winner

Recycling Research Foundation names 2018 National Scholarship winner

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has announced Kyle Syndergaard as the recipient of its 2018 National Scholarship. Recognizing the need for affordable graduate education, the scholarship awards $5,000 to an individual seeking a graduate degree in a field that supports the scrap processing and recycling industry as a whole. 

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​ISRI partners with EPA and others to extend Mercury Switch Recovery Program

​ISRI partners with EPA and others to extend Mercury Switch Recovery Program

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other stakeholders, in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to extend the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) to 2021. The highly-effective program was designed to recover mercury switches in older model vehicles during the recycling process before the mercury can leak into the atmosphere. Such switches were mainly used to control automatic lights in vehicles. 

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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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