Guide to ISRI Services
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) is the non-profit trade association that is the “Voice of the Recycling Industry.” Based in Washington, D.C., ISRI represents more than 1,500 private and public for-profit companies that process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics,rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI members employ more than 50,000 individuals and operate at more than 3,000 facilities worldwide, more than 80 percent of which are located in the United States.
ISRI assists member companies by providing a variety of products and services designed to help them run better, cleaner,safer, and more profitable operations. From guidance on material theft prevention and SREA compliance to the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) and the industry’s most comprehensive collection of safety training materials, ISRI is and will continue to be the “Voice of the Recycling Industry.”
Many ISRI member companies are family owned businesses, and a significant number of them have been in continuous operation for 100 years or more. ISRI members range in size from small, one-yard operations to large, publicly held corporations with multiple facilities nationwide and even worldwide. Other ISRI members focus on brokering and trading recyclable materials, consolidating them from a variety of businesses to expedite the fulfillment of consumer needs.
ISRI’s associate members include equipment and service providers that market to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers and sellers of equipment and services—like shredders, balers, cranes, cargo transporters, computer systems, and more—find value in promoting the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI. Companies that are consumers of scrap are also welcomed as members of the association as their input is extremely valuable to the operations of this industry.
Among its services, ISRI provides education, training, advocacy, and compliance guidance and promotes public awareness of the value and importance of recycling to the production of the world’s goods and services.
ISRI’s national office and its 21 chapters:
- Represent the interests of scrap recyclers to the executive branch, Capitol Hill, state legislatures, and regulatory agencies.
- Provide continuing education and training to members through forums, seminars, workshops, commodity roundtables, publications, an annual convention, and the world’s largest annual scrap recycling exposition.
- Educate the public about the benefits of scrap recycling.
- Inform members and the public about scrap recycling through the ISRI Web site, www.isri.org.
A board of directors, elected for two-year terms, governs ISRI. Board members establish and review the vision and mission of ISRI, participate in the development of strategic goals that advance the association’s mission, set ISRI policy, and serve as a forum for public debate on key issues that affect the members. The board consists of the officers of the association, the presidents or elected representatives of each chapter, up to three directors from each division, seven directors-at-large, one associate member, and past association chairs/presidents.
ISRI offers four categories of membership:
The association has six divisions:
- Associate (Domestic and International)
- Affiliate Individual
- Tire & Rubber
ISRI has established a number of councils to meet the needs of specific market segments or groups of members within the organization. Council participation gives members a voice in issue discussions and provides a vehicle to bring industry issues and association needs to the forefront.
Consumers Council: Open to all ISRI members who consume scrap metals, paper, plastics, glass, textiles, rubber, and electronics.
Council of Chapter Presidents: Open to all ISRI leaders who want to discuss issues of concern at the local chapter level. The focus of this council is to strengthen the quality of ISRI’s 21 chapters.
Equipment & Services Providers Council: Addresses the issues of domestic associate members who meet the equipment and service needs of the industry and who
support ISRI programs through sponsorships and participation.
Safety & Environmental Council: Twice-a-year meetings of member safety and environmental professionals provide information and professional development.
Women’s Council: This council is an open forum created to represent the diversity of all members and provide opportunities for networking, education, and discussion of issues of interest and concern to those engaged in all aspects of the recycling industry.
ISRI Web Site
ISRI’s Web site contains a wealth of information important to the scrap recycling industry. The site includes the most up-to-date version of the Scrap Specifications Circular,information on meetings and events, compliance guidance, safety training, trade, and much more. Much of the information contained on the Web site is password protected and available to members only. To obtain your password, contact Membership Database Coordinator Eve Dixon, (202) 662-8509 or email@example.com.
Education and Training Programs
ISRI’s education offerings provide practical, hands-on training that enables participants to derive the greatest benefit from their educational investment. Visit ISRI’s Web site at www.isri.org for the most up-to-date schedule of educational forums.
The following publications are included with every ISRI member’s dues:
ISRI Membership Directory and Industry Guide — a comprehensive listing of member contacts, business classifications, and types of materials handled. Used daily by members to build business contacts, the directory is considered one of the most valuable benefits of ISRI membership (a $950 value).
Scrap Magazine—the industry’s award winning and leading journal that’s issued six times a year and packed with practical information designed to help members manage all aspects of their businesses.
Scrap Monitor—a biweekly e-mail newsletter that provides summaries of recycling-related news items drawn from more than 8,000 English-language information sources, many of which aren’t available on the Web. This free resource offers timely news of interest and importance to professionals in the scrap recycling, auto dismantling, demolition, equipment supply, and allied fields. To sign up, see the banner ad at www.scrap.org or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Update—a weekly e-mailed newsletter from ISRI President Robin Wiener about important association news and industry issues.
ISRI Focus—the members’ monthly award-winning bulletin of association, chapter, and member news and updates. Also includes a safety column.
The Monday Report and The Friday Report—weekly member-only e-mail reports that provide updates and analysis on the commodity markets. The reports are released every Monday and Friday morning. Contact Joe Pickard at (202) 662-8542 or email@example.com to subscribe.
Working Safe and Smart—this acclaimed two-page monthly, delivered in both English and Spanish, is designed to instruct plant workers on safe operating procedures. This has become a bulletin-board staple in scrap recycling plants around the nation, as well as a major component of plant safety meetings in many companies.
Safety Point/Geared Up For Safety— weekly member-only safety reminder on key safety topics, delivered via e-mail in English and Spanish.
Scrap Specifications Circular—provides guidelines for buying and selling a variety of processed scrap commodities, including ferrous, nonferrous, paper, plastics, electronics, rubber, and glass.
Superfund Recycling Equity Act Guidance Manual—the most comprehensive volume on the effect of the new Superfund law on the scrap industry, providing practical, easy-to-follow guidance. This loose-leaf publication, arranged for convenient updating, covers Superfund guidance; the definition of a “recyclable material”; arranging for recycling; and evaluating consumer compliance. ISRI members receive one free copy and may purchase additional copies at special quantity discounts.
Environmental Operating Guidelines— identifies potential sources of environmental problems and suggests management practices and a range of control technologies to address these problems. This CD-ROM resource is updated as required by changes in federal environmental laws.
Insurance Purchasing Guide—a comprehensive publication that assists members in determining their risks and insurance needs.
ISRI’s government relations program addresses a range of issues affecting the scrap industry on the international, federal, state, and local levels. In addition to its strong advocacy program, ISRI’s government relations department oversees several programs designed to assist members with environmental, health, and safety compliance, many of them offered free to members. Additionally, members can participate in low, fixed-cost fee-for-service programs that allow them to tailor programs to their needs.
SREA Reasonable Care Compliance
Program provides free environmental compliance reports that can help members avoid severe legal consequences. For more information, visit www.isri.org/srea or contact Danielle Waterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to the Subject Index/ISRI Staff Contacts list in this directory for contact information about specific ISRI policy issues.
Recycling Industry Operating Standard
(RIOS) is an integrated management system standard for quality, environment, health, and safety (QEH&S) specifically designed for the scrap recycling industry. RIOS provides value to member companies by providing structure for managing and continually improving their QEH&S programs. With RIOS in place, a company can reduce costs and increase revenue through better QEH&S performance. If a company takes the next step of obtaining third-party certification to RIOS, its certification will send a strong message to its neighbors, consumers, regulators, and legislators that it consistently produces quality products while protecting its workers and the environment. RIOS certification will distinguish participating companies from among the crowd and give them a competitive edge. RIOS and its accompanying RIOS Implementation Guide, RIOS Train-the-Trainer Training, and third-party certification are now available to RIOS members. For more information, go to www.isri.org/rios or contact David Wagger at email@example.com.
The safety of members and their employees and customers is a top priority for the association. For many years, ISRI has provided members with award-winning safety training materials. Recently, ISRI has taken its commitment to a new level, offering a variety of free products and services to members. Those taking the safety pledge to work “Safely or Not at All” receive additional priority services.
Available to all members:
Working Safe and Smart: (See description under Publications section.)
ISRI Focus: (See description under Publications section.)
Safety Point/Geared Up For Safety: A weekly safety reminder on key safety topics, delivered via e-mail in English and Spanish.
Safety & Environmental Council: Twice-a-year meetings of member safety professionals provide information and professional development.
Safety Videos and DVDs: ISRI offers a collection of safety video materials designed specifically for use in scrap operations. All titles are offered in
English/Spanish DVD format.
ISRI Safety Manual: This essential resource, available in both print and CD formats, provides a thorough review of almost 100 safety issues related to the scrap recycling industry, OSHA requirements, and recommendations for addressing specific safety issues. An appendix lists OSHA regulations relevant to scrap operations.
Monthly Safety Meeting: A complete, 20-minute safety training program kit delivered monthly. ISRI Safety Posters: Posters with a variety of themes that can build safety awareness among employees.
ISRI Transportation Safety Program: A comprehensive manual and guidebook to help members establish and maintain safety standards for fleet operations.
Available to members who have signed the ISRI Safety Pledge:
Scrap Safety Blueprint: ISRI staff visit member facilities to provide on-site assistance to help them create and manage an effective safety program.
10-Hour OSHA Training: A two-day safety training session on safety issues that are unique to the scrap recycling industry. This course is certified by OSHA and requires a minimum of seven students (maximum of 50 students). For a copy of the ISRI Safety pledge or for more information on ISRI safety programs, visit www.isri.org/safety or contact Anne Marie Horvath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISRI Money-Savings Programs
Equipment Purchases. ISRI members can take advantage of discounted equipment and supplies offered through the National Association Supply Co-operative. For fifty years NASCO-OP has been representing recyclers by buying in bulk and passing the savings on to them. Thousands of products including safety equipment, magnets, torches, hoppers, and more are a quick phone call away. Sign up today as NASCO-OP will waive membership fees for ISRI members (an $1,100 value).
Contact Bob Bedard at (800) 321-3396, fax (800) 992-6679; email@example.com; or visit www.nascoop.com.
Staples Business Advantage. ISRI has teamed up with Staples to offer the Staples Business Advantage. The program offers deep discounts, next-day delivery, and a dedicated account management team to help ISRI members streamline ordering of office supplies, technology, and furniture. This program is only available to ISRI members. To sign up, contact Jim Drews at (800) 617-1712, x226, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discount Shipping Programs. ISRI offers a discounted shipping program through 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377). The program offers exclusive discounts of 52 percent and more with leading transportation providers such as DHL, Yellow Transportation, Roadway Express, USF companies, New Penn, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions (see service offerings below). These discounts are available whether you ship envelopes, packages, crates, or pallets. To enroll, call 1-800-MEMBERS or visit www.1800members.com/ISRI for more details.
UPS Supply Chain Solutions
North American Air Freight—Guaranteed next day, second day, and economy service.
International Air Freight—Gold priority,express, preferred, and standard services.
For additional information on ISRI’s money-saving programs, contact Jonathan Levy at (202) 662-8530 or email@example.com.