ISRI Board Approves Changes to Association

Changes establish a Plastics Division and allow members to join multiple commodity divisions.

December 3, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

The board of directors of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), Washington, D.C., has approved two changes to the association that it says more accurately reflect the current recycling industry. The board has approved the creation of a new Plastics Division within ISRI and a change in the association’s bylaws that will allow members to join multiple commodity divisions within ISRI.

According to ISRI, ISRI members concentrating on plastics recycling worked through an ad hoc plastics council. By elevating the group to division status, ISRI says it has created a formal infrastructure that allows the association to develop tools and materials for plastics recyclers. In addition, plastics recyclers will be represented with three seats on ISRI’s board of directors.

“The plastics recycling sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the recycling industry, presenting a great opportunity for the newly created Plastics Division to mitigate some of the barriers to recover plastics while offering visibility into the global supply chain,” says Jonathan Cohen, president of Generated Materials Recovery, Phoenix, and chair of ISRI’s Plastics Division. “There is strong industry-wide interest in seeing this area of recycling become more robust and accessible, and we expect the division to play a leading role in contributing to this development.”

The other major change, permitting ISRI members to join multiple divisions, was made as more companies handle multiple commodity streams and have a vested interest in the policy development, resources and programming of more than one division.

“Twenty years ago companies typically specialized in only one commodity, but today they are increasingly handling significant volumes across multiple commodity streams,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “This change was needed to ensure members have a voice within ISRI for each and every commodity they produce.”