Policy & Regulations

ISRI actively advocates on behalf of its members on key policies, regulations, and issues, both domestic and international, that impact the recycling industry.


Scrap recycling offers real sustainable solutions for balancing economic growth and environmental stewardship. Scrap recycling stimulates economies from small towns in rural America to major cities to international trade. The result is economic and environmental sustainability for our nation and our world.

International Trade

Scrap recycling provides the high value, environmentally friendly and energy-saving raw materials that make America’s manufacturing industries more competitive in the global marketplace.  The scrap industry also supplies the world’s rapidly growing demand for all manner of commodities.


Scrap recycling industry is a sophisticated, capital-intensive industry that has been creating “green jobs” in the United States for decades. As the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, scrap recycling has been integral to the U.S. economy, job creation, resource sustainability, energy savings, and global trade for more than 200 years.


As the first link in the recycling chain, our industry plays a critical role in directing end-of-life and obsolete vehicles and materials to the manufacturing sector to become raw materials for new products.


Scrap recycling industry is highly dependent on America’s transportation infrastructure to get its products to domestic and global markets.

Metals Theft

The most effective way to address the problem of metal theft is through a comprehensive strategy focusing first on efforts to prevent metal theft to the maximum extent practicable and second on assisting law enforcement and prosecutors in their efforts to catch, prosecute, and penalize those who perpetrate these thefts to the extent necessary to dissuade their colleagues from a similar path.

State Policies

ISRI's State Policy Program provides the tools you need to comply with current requirements, identify legislative policy trends in neighboring states and nationally, keep track of proposed changes, and engage your state officials on the bills that will impact our industry.


US tax policies, such as bonus depreciation allowances and incentives, are vital to capital investment and the competitiveness of the U.S. scrap recycling industry.

Electronics Recycling

The U.S. electronics recycling industry has shown tremendous growth over the past 10 years. This maturing segment of the scrap recycling industry provides a boost of approximately $5 billion to the U.S. economy (up from less than $1 billion in 2002) and employs more than 30,000 full time employees (up from 6,000 in 2002).


The Superfund Recycling Equity Act ("SREA") protects scrap processors from liability if their consumers' facilities become a Superfund site. However, SREA requires recyclers to take certain affirmative actions—one is conducting due diligence on the environmental compliance of your consumers' facilities.

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