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ISRI Board Passes 2017 Budget, Approves New Mission

Budget and other financial matters headlined the two meetings of the ISRI board of directors at the Fall Board and Governance Meetings, held Nov. 2-5 in Salt Lake City.

The association’s 2017 proposed budget was the central topic at the board’s Nov. 5 meeting, and it approved the budget with an amendment to suspend the customary 3-percent annual dues increase in light of continued difficult market conditions. The board also agreed to allot up to $100,000 to support the Gulf Coast Chapter led battle on air-quality issues related to recycling operations in Houston, with that sum reduced by any funds the group receives from the ISRI-related Recycling Research Foundation. In addition, the board voted to spend $25,000 on a global electronics recycling study in conjunction with the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). Financial-related decisions from the board’s Nov. 3 meeting included approval of both the association’s 2015 financial audit report and its financial report for the period from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016.


Beyond money matters, ISRI’s board unanimously adopted the following new mission statement for the association: ISRI is the voice of the recycling industry, promoting safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy and education.” The board also authorized the formation of a new Challenges and Opportunities Committee to identify future trends, opportunities, and challenges facing the industry and make recommendations to the board at least annually on how to address them. A new board-approved working group will collaborate with the Challenges and Opportunities Committee and the Design for Recycling® task force to “explore whether ISRI should create a recycling certification program to determine a product’s recyclability.”


Governance actions in Salt Lake City also included approval of numerous changes to the association’s specifications on scrap plastics, including renaming one existing specification, renaming and revising six specifications, revising but retaining the name of two specifications, deleting six specifications, and adding 10 new plastic specifications. The ISRI board also approved a request from the Paper Division to postpone deletion of ONP grades 6, 7, and 8 and mixed paper grades 1, 2, and 3 from the previously scheduled deletion date of Dec. 31, 2016, to June 30, 2017, to give members sufficient time to change their contracts that reference those grades.  ISRI’s updated Specifications Circular will be posted on ISRI’s website by the end of December.


Other board decisions pertained to ISRI’s ongoing efforts to revisit and update all of its policies, positions, and guidance. The board voted to take action on 10 items, with six focused on electronics recycling issues, one on Design for Recycling™, and three on materials theft. The board also approved changes to two sections of the ISRI Policy Manual: the deletion of 4.10.3 on speaker reimbursements because its points are covered in another section; and renaming section 5.23 from Emergency Spending Requests to Unbudgeted Funding Requests and approving modifications to the section’s language. In addition, the board approved a number of new definitions for ISRI’s bylaws, including definitions of the terms “recycler,” “recycling” and “scrap.”


Other board actions included the appointment of Paul Brenner of Brenner Recycling (Hazleton, Pa.) as a member of the ISRI Resources board, which oversees insurance issues for the association.


The ISRI board’s next in-person meeting will be in April 2017 in conjunction with the ISRI2017 Convention and Exposition New Orleans.

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