The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 19 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute 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 nearly $116 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 506,000 Americans with good jobs.
Recycling is Essential: Recycling operations are essential businesses that supply critical raw materials to keep manufacturers in operation and meet the current demands of keeping Americans safe.
Safety is ISRI’s number one core value. As such, ISRI offers a broad variety of safety services and programs - from on-site multi-day training by one of ISRI's professional safety staff, to traditional safety posters, videos and handbooks.
ISRI’s Advocacy Agenda for 2021 emphasizes four broad issue areas affecting the industry: Recyclables are Not Waste, Market Access and Industry Growth, Policy & Regulation and Responsible Recycling.
Other ISRI programs include:
Scrap News: a multi-media platform dedicated to providing top recycling industry news.
Design for Recycling® Award encouraging manufacturers to consider the ultimate destiny of their products during the design stage of a product’s development.
Recycling Industry Operating Standard™: Specifically designed for the recycling industry, RIOS™; integrates the key operational elements of a robust management system, bringing quality, environmental and health and safety together into one streamlined certification system.
Brands Council: ISRI recently formed a Brands Council to bring together the entire supply chain of the scrap and recycling industry and brand partners to collaboratively solve issues of sustainability and design for recycling problems.
Recyclability Protocol: ISRI is developing a Recyclability Protocol and Certification Program to help users determine if their packaging will - in reality - be recycled through existing recycling infrastructure (from processing through mill consumption).
ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular with guidelines for buying and selling processed scrap commodities, including inbound residential single and dual stream specs.