Missouri State Representative Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) and her nephew met with Mid-America Chapter President Kris Hammond at the Kataman Metals office in St. Louis last week to learn about how the recycling industry works to improve the environment, economy, and local communities.
Rep. Lavender connected with Kris and Past Chapter President Dan Becker in Chicago at the NCSL Legislative Summit this past August, and plans next to tour the Becker Iron & Metal facilities to get a perspective of multiple aspects of the industry. Such meetings are a great way to ensure that policymakers know the industry and are willing to help when adverse legislation arises at the federal, state, or local level. If you are interested in hosting your own outreach, please contact Danielle Waterfield or Billy Johnson.
During the meeting, Rep. Lavender voiced concerns regarding the current situation in New Madrid, MO with the pending closure of the Noranda smelter. The conversation also touched on the availability of natural resources in the nation, the recyclable applications of different commodities, and the impact of the utility grid, highways, and other infrastructure on the day-to-day operations of recyclers. Kris stressed that ISRI focuses on safety, education, industry standards, and outreach with communities and law enforcement, and Rep. Lavender expressed her willingness to help the industry, if needed. Rep. Lavender also complimented the ISRI exhibit hall luncheon display at the NCSL Legislative Summit. It was there where she observed how members of ISRI’s Chicago, Indiana, and Mid-America Chapters organized commodity displays staffed by ISRI members across the nation to show that Recycling is Bigger than the Bin. She also noted Dan Becker's diplomatic handling of a contentious confrontation with an attendee who had developed a misguided view of the industry based on an unrelated experience with pawnshops, and how his stressing of ISRI's outreach to law enforcement and efforts to combat metals theft had impressed her.
If you are interested in hosting your own elected official, please contact Danielle Waterfield or Billy Johnson.