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Our Mission | ISRI is the voice of the recycling industry, promoting safe, economically sustainable and environmentally
responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education.

 

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 Chapters in Action 
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In 2017, ISRI’s 21 chapters were very active hosting events, advocating at the state and local level, and providing networking opportunities to members at the local level. Some examples of 2017 chapter outreach follow:

The ISRI Northern Ohio Chapter held its highly successful Best Young and Brightest 2017 (BYAB) event in Cleveland. A first of its kind, BYAB brought together 45 young professionals under the age of 40 from scrap recyclers located across the U.S. and Canada for a day and a half of networking, teambuilding, and learning. This high energy and highly engaging forum created a unique opportunity for the industry’s young professionals to connect and share with one another.

Being that all ISRI members play a vital role in the world of environmental restoration and recycling, ISRI’s Pacific Northwest Chapter thought it a natural fit to get involved with this local organization with its global footprint. Past Chapter President Ryan Glant personally served on EarthCorps’ Board from 2011-2017. During that time, Ryan introduced ISRI to EarthCorps, so the chapter could cross-utilize EarthCorps’ fantastic brand recognition with the chapter’s need to improve public relations for the industry around what we actually do
to help the environment. Through sponsorship of EarthCorps’ annual fundraiser, volunteering for their restoration events, and having heard from EarthCorps staff at the chapter meetings, ISRI continues to be connected with an organization that makes a significant impact in preserving a healthy, sustainable environment.

ISRI expanded its offering of resources for chapter leaders, which included a program titled Ask the Expertand a webinar seriesThe Ask the Expert program provides ongoing, dedicated access to ISRI staff, and aimed to both increase response rates on issue-specific inquiries and offer guidance on chapter operations. This new program was piloted with ISRI’s Finance Department and is now open to all chapters. In addition, a six-part webinar series was developed to assist chapter leaders covering the areas of financial management and contracting a lobbyist.

ISRI Indiana Chapter members continue to be active and proactive in advocating on their behalf. In 2017 a task force was formed to be proactive in dealing with the issue of electronic reporting.

Stakeholders were assembled and met four times throughout 2017. The group consisted of individuals from the Indiana State Sheriff Association, State Police, State Prosecutors, Local Police, Secretary of State’s office and ISRI Members.

The intent was to address the various concerns of the stakeholders and form language agreed upon by all to be offered to be used in crafting legislation. The meetings progressed from apprehension to trust, ending with its goal reached. 

Dozens of Staten Island, NY science teachers learned strategies necessary to share the science behind recycling with students as part of a free training workshop sponsored and coordinated by ISRI PSI Chapter Member Pratt Industries and presented by JASON Learning on June 8.

This is the third consecutive year that Pratt coordinated this training on Staten Island where ISRI’s standards-based recycling curriculum was originally piloted in 10 Staten Island schools in 2015. The initiative took off due to the program’s synergies with one of the borough president’s major initiatives: litter reduction. With the encouragement of Borough President Oddo, and the support of New York City Departments of Education and Sanitation, this private-public partnership has achieved multiple goals on Staten Island: increased recycling, reduced litter, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning in K-12 schools.

More than 100 teachers have been trained and thousands of Staten Island students have learned about recycling through ISRI’s curriculum over the past three years.

The 21 regional and national chapters of ISRI help to connect recyclers, consumers, and equipment and service providers in the area with local news and with periodic meetings 
and events designed to strengthen business locally. Learn more about ISRI chapter 
activities today.


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