The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has served its members for 30 years. In that time, few years have brought as much change as 2017 did, the association says. ISRI highlights the impact of these changes and the role the organization has played in helping the industry navigate the changing landscape in its 2017 Annual Report.
“Many will look back at 2017 as the year China announced its ban on certain scrap imports,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “While this dramatically alters the landscape of our industry, many other changes are also taking place, causing the industry to continue to evolve as it has so many times in the past. Changes in the administration in the U.S., shifting global trade policies, new technologies, an overhaul of the U.S. tax structure and more have all impacted business, markets and trade. Throughout all of this, the one constant has been ISRI working hard to assist and advocate on behalf of our members and the recycling industry,” she adds.
In addition to the industry’s response to China, other ISRI highlights from 2017 covered in the report include:
- achieving the resumption of the U.S. Mint’s Mutilated Coin Redemption Program;
- successfully advocating for provisions in the U.S.’s tax reform package to encourage investment in recycling equipment;
- the creation of the MRF Council to help with issues concerning the collection, recovery and processing of curbside recyclables;
- the development of guidance for a new NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) trade agreement;
- state advocacy efforts to promote industry interests among legislators, lieutenant governors, attorneys general and other policymakers;
- a revised safety outreach program;
- successful education and training programs, including the ISRI Convention & Exposition, Operations Forum, Commodities Roundtable and ISRI Safety & Environmental Council meetings;
- partnering with groups such as Keep America Beautiful, JASON Learning and Earth911 to promote the benefits of recycling; and
releasing a study on the economic impact of the industry.
“ISRI accomplished many positive things for the industry in 2017,” Wiener says. “However, none of it would have been possible without our members and volunteer industry leaders. As we have just concluded our 30th anniversary, we can now look back and see how much the industry has changed and the important role ISRI has played in its evolution thanks to our membership.”
She adds, “With the start of 2018, ISRI is excited for the future that lies ahead.”