The Global Recycling Standards Organization, the home of the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS), recently has elected Jeremy Miller, chief financial officer of Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co., Winona, Minnesota, as its new chairman (an unpaid, voluntary position). Miller will serve a two-year term ending in 2018.
Miller is a fourth-generation scrap recycler who has experience overseeing accounting functions, a quality, environmental, health and safety management program, business development and domestic and global nonferrous and e-scrap sales. He also is a senator in the state of Minnesota.
“I am proud to serve as the chairman of the board of directors for RIOS,” Miller says. “This industry-leading program is undeniably valuable to the long-term growth and success of the recycling industry. By taking voluntary action and beginning the process of attaining RIOS certification, owners and managers at facilities all over the globe recognize and take responsibility for their role in the next evolution of this amazing, innovative and vital industry.”
“The Global Recycling Standards Organization is excited to announce that Jeremy Miller will be its chairman for the next two years,” says Darrell Kendall, director of RIOS. “Jeremy is a fourth-generation recycler that truly understands the industry and the role the RIOS plays within it. Under his leadership RIOS will continue to flourish and take its place as the global standard for recycling.”
In other Global Recycling Standards Organization news, Sarah Cade, president of PC Rebuilders & Recyclers, Chicago, returns to the board for another three-year term, and Brian Conners, president and chief operating officer of ARCA Advanced Processing LLC, Philadelphia, will serve his first term on the board.
“I am honored to serve another three-year term on the Global Recycling Standards Organization board of directors,” says Cade. “The organization has grown tremendously over the past three years, and I am looking forward to continuing that success to make our industry stronger and safer.”
Cade is also the director of and coordinates the Electronics Reuse Conference (ERC). She works globally to promote the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Programs and responsible reuse and recycling of electronic equipment. She is also a member of Responsible Recycling Standard (R2) Technical Advisory Committee.
“It’s an exciting time to join the RIOS board as the program expands,” says Conners. “Our positive results could be duplicated by any recycler, so, by joining the RIOS board, I hope to frame the question to all recyclers, ‘Why haven’t you joined RIOS? What’s stopping you?’”
Conners is the president of ARCA Advanced Processing LLC. With nearly 20 years of experience in the appliance recycling and refrigeration reclamation industry, he has developed expertise in the areas of appliance processing and materials management.
“The Global Recycling Standards Organization is excited to have both Sarah Cade and Brian Conners serving on the board of directors,” says Kendall. “Both of these individuals truly understand the important role that RIOS plays in supporting the continued development of a healthy, safe and environmentally responsible recycling industry not only in the United States but [also] around the world. There is no doubt that with their contributions the organization will continue to grow and be more effective over the coming years.”