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The health and safety of our members is paramount for ISRI. To assist during this time, we have developed a hub of relevant information and resources to help keep you informed on the latest safe operations, advocacy, state & local policy and economic resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information about how recyclers that are able and choose to operate can so do safety, as well as the latest information about how ISRI is actively working various state and federal policy initiatives that have impacts and potential benefits to the recycling industry. ISRI is a resource for you and your company.

Reach Out Right Now

During this difficult and uncertain time, ISRI has set up an email for you to reach out directly and ask for help: COVID-19@isri.org. Please connect with us at this email address, and let us know how we can support you. The account is being actively monitored, and we will respond within 48 hours or less.

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To learn more about what matters to you as the industry copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, ISRI would like you to take this five-minute survey

COVID-19: Safe Operations, Advocacy, State & Local Policy and Economic Resources

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This document is intended to provide guidance to help recyclers operate safely and minimize the potential for exposure to COVID-19.  It has been developed based on public information.


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ISRI Requests National Essential Designation for U.S. Recycling Operations and Talking Points; Designation Also Requested at State and Local Levels ...


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Information on State COVID-19 business resources and closure orders, as well as reports on state and local government COVID-19 responses, including session changes, legislation, executive...

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Information on State and Federal actions, assistance programs, business resources, and closure orders impacting recyclers.



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Additional Resources


And, of course, please reach out to any of ISRI’s Safety Staff with questions about any of the items in this document, or any other questions you might have regarding safety and the recycling industry:

Tony Smith, VP of Safety: TSmith@isri.org or 260/409-9561

Commodor Hall, Senior Director of Safety: CHall@isri.org or 202/662-8519

Ryan Nolte, Director of Safety Outreach: RNolte@isri.org or 765/637-1501 

Darrell Kendall, Execuive Director of RIOSTM, DKendall@isri.org or 202/809-6833

Mental Health

During this time, the mental wellbeing employees is particularly important.  It is a very stressful time for everyone. 

The CDC has a very good website with resources to help people at home and at work manage stress related to COVID-19.

If you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), it is important to remind employees as to its availability and how to access it. 

If you do not have an EAP, there are many good resources for reducing anxiety and helping people reduce stress during this time, including:

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