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
During 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.