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PSI Chapter Partners with Recycling Today for a Successful Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference

Last week, the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) once again partnered with Recycling Today magazine for its annual Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference in Chicago. Nearly 600 were in attendance.

There were several events in which PSI participated or sponsored.

PSIRecyclingTodayConferenceOctober25During the opening session, which included a keynote address from an economist from the Federal Reserve, PSI Chapter president Myles Cohen joined Recycling Today's publisher Jim Keefe in welcoming all attendees to the conference. Cohen reviewed the benefits of being an ISRI member, and cited several successful initiatives that will clearly benefit the PSI Chapter and ISRI members, including ISRI’s K-12 education program and development of paper specifications. 

On Wednesday night, PSI again hosted its annual PSI Chapter Scholarship fundraising event; a bowling competition at Lucky Strike Lanes. This year PSI raised more than $20,000 in revenue from this event which will clearly improve our ability to provide college scholarships to children of employees of PSI member companies. This is a record fundraising amount for this event, and we achieved a record attendance of 115 participants. PSI member Pioneer Industries had the winning team with the highest score. A fantastic time was had by all … for a GREAT cause. A huge thank you goes to PSI events chair Tamara Mayberry from Pioneer Industries, and her entire team on planning such a successful event. Their hard work has really paid off!

On Thursday PSI sponsored a general session which boasted a record attendance of over 125. Bill Moore and Peter Engel shared the results of their recent white paper research project: "Demystifying Recycling Rates." The bottom line is that the recycling percentage achieved in the U.S. is not as high as we previously believed it was. This research presentation was followed by a panel discussion about the new, deleted, and revised recovered fiber grade specifications that were approved by the ISRI board earlier in 2016. This session was filled with extremely spirited discussion, and was fruitful for all who buy, sell, process, broker, or export recovered fiber. 

All in all it was a very successful week for ISRI's national Paper Stock Industries chapter. Please contact ISRI’s Mark Carpenter if you are interested in becoming a PSI member or becoming more involved in our Paper Division.

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