WASHINGTON - November 12, 2012 – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, calls on businesses to become informed about their recycling choices and to demand responsible recycling practices. Thursday, November 15, 2012 is AMERICA RECYCLES DAYSM, and ISRI emphasizes that now, more than ever, companies can contribute significantly to the global recycling effort for a more sustainable economic environment.
On this annual celebration, ISRI reminds businesses that working with certified recycling facilities is one of the best ways to confirm that their materials are recycled in the most responsible manner and to the highest industry standards.
“We celebrate AMERICA RECYCLES DAYSM by applauding those organizations that are committed to recycling with the highest, most responsible standards, thereby protecting their employees, local communities and global partners,” said Robin K. Wiener, president of ISRI. “The recycling industry continues to grow because of commitments from consumers and businesses alike to protect our planet.”
ISRI Services, Inc. administers the RIOS™ certification program, a global recycling standard that combines quality, environmental, health and safety components in one integrated management system. R2/RIOS™ certification, designed specifically for electronics recyclers, requires recyclers to follow all environmental standards detailed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and data security procedures under various acts of Congress.
Recycling provides great financial and environmental returns to communities around the nation and the world. Materials such as plastic, steel, aluminum, copper, electronics and even precious metals can be recycled, allowing for new product creation in the marketplace. Recycling is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, contributing more than $100 billion to the U.S. economy each year and employing nearly 138,000 people.
AMERICA RECYCLES DAYSM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful SM and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.americarecyclesday.org.
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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. ISRI represents more than 1,700 companies in 21 chapters nationwide that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Institute provides education, advocacy, 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. For more information about ISRI, visit www.ISRI.org.
RIOS™ and R2/RIOS™
Recyclers seeking certification can learn more online at www.isri.org/certifyme. Businesses, organizations and governments committed to working with a responsible recycler who meets the highest standards in quality, environment, health and safety, can locate a certified recycler by visiting www.isri.org/certifyme.
Keep America BeautifulSM and AMERICA RECYCLES DAYSM are registered service marks of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks are owned by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.