Welcome to the official newsroom of the recycled materials industry, powered by The Voice of the Recycling Industry™, ISRI.

The recycled materials industry provides everyday items and essential infrastructure. The industry makes the supply chain more sustainable and its impact is seen in every aspect of the economy.

We protect natural resources. We reduce carbon emissions. We supply high-quality materials that manufacturers use to make new products.

Results of the recycling materials industry can be found in items you use every day, from life-saving medical equipment, to life-changing infrastructure. Recycling is all around us every day, and preserves our natural resources while preserving our environment.



To secure an interview with one of our many experts, learn more about recycling, or gain access to additional content, contact:

Vicki Morgan
Senior Communications Manager
(202) 975-9042

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About ISRI and the Recycled Materials Industry

ISRI is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™," representing more than 1,300 companies in the U.S. and 40 countries around the globe that recycle materials into items we use in our everyday lives. Based in Washington, D.C., ISRI provides advocacy, education, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycled materials play in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development.

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Our Work Helps Keep the Supply Chain More Sustainable

From steel, aluminum and copper to recycled electronics, plastics and paper, the recycled materials industry plays a critical role in our supply chains that deliver what we need each and every day. Get more information here on recycling’s role in a sustainable supply chain.

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Innovation and Technology

The recycled materials industry is continuously working to recycle more material, and more kinds of material, more efficiently. The industry is one of high-tech innovations and advancements. Electric cranes, robotics, and artificial intelligence are used daily to make high-quality items for infrastructure that we use every day.

Every new manufactured product made from recycled materials makes once hard to recycle materials easily recyclable to provide a renewable source of raw materials. ISRI partners with consumer brands and other manufacturers to help them recycle more, use more recycled materials in their products and design their products to be recycled with ease.

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Recycled Materials Mean Preservation of Natural Resources and Reduction of Carbon Emissions

Recycling is essential to the manufacturing of new products. Through recycled materials, natural resources are preserved by reducing the need to cut, mine, and drill. We reduce emissions with cleaner processes compared to traditional manufacturing. Obviously, more recycling equals less waste.

ISRI Mission Statement

ISRI is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, promoting safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education.

Recycling is the source for a sustainable, circular economy and environment. It impacts the everything about our world.

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ISRI Education Programs

Jason Learning
ISRI in partnership with JASON Learning has launched a recycling education campaign for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The campaign includes lesson plans, hands-on activities, and interactive web-based experiences, all focused on the importance of the recycling industry. Students learn about careers in recycling, and the the scientific and technical background required.

Learn more about JASON Learning.

RERF: Recycling Education and Research Foundation

RERF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization associated with ISRI. The Foundation’s mission is to “sponsor projects which promote public awareness, education, research and the advancement of recycling.”

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