ISRI releases 2017 legislative agenda

ISRI releases 2017 legislative agenda

Agenda emphasizes six areas affecting the recycling industry.

May 9, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has released its legislative agenda detailing its advocacy priorities. The agenda emphasizes six broad issue areas affecting the industry: taxes and the economy, international trade, energy and the environment, transportation and infrastructure development, workplace safety initiatives and regulatory policy.

“The 2017 legislative agenda draws attention to the legislative priorities ISRI has been advocating for on behalf of its members for a number of years,” says Robin Wiener, the association’s president. “With a new administration settling in, and much uncertainty in Washington as a whole, we wanted to make it clear where ISRI stood on issues that impact the recycling industry. The decisions made by Congress, the administration, at the state-level and internationally can have far-reaching ramifications on recyclers. It is important that our members know we are fighting on their behalf every day at every level of government,” she adds.

The legislative agenda serves as one of the many ways in which ISRI says it promotes safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling. It applies to policies and regulations at the state, national and international levels, where applicable. In addition to ISRI using the agenda to represent the industry, individual members of ISRI can use it in their advocacy efforts and policymakers can use it to learn more about key issues facing recycling.

“Recycling is an economic leader and job creator, positively contributing to the U.S. balance of trade,” Wiener says. “While it has proven to be remarkably durable throughout history, policies and regulations related to international trade, safety, transportation, taxes and other issues can have a far-reaching impact. It is important that as an industry we are proactive in protecting our interests.”

The legislative agenda was released during the organization’s annual convention and exposition, held April 22-27 in New Orleans. Many of the sessions and workshops throughout the week focused on the key issues addressed in the legislative agenda, particularly related to international trade.