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Industry Veterans to Receive ISRI Lifetime Achievement Awards at ISRI2017

ISRI Honors Dr. Herschel Cutler and Crawford Carpenter for their significant contributions in recycling

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™ will honor retired ISRI Executive Director Dr. Herschel Cutler and recently-retired Caraustar executive Crawford Carpenter, with the 2017 ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented during ISRI’s annual convention and exposition, ISRI2017, April 22-27, in New Orleans. The awards recognize extraordinary leaders for their longtime involvement, contributions, and overall commitment to the recycling industry and to ISRI.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of key leaders over the course of their careers within the recycling industry,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “This year’s honorees have helped shape the industry for generations to come. It is with great pleasure that ISRI announces Dr. Hershel Cutler and Crawford Carpenter as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. There is no doubt that future recipients of this award will have the tireless efforts of these two gentleman to thank.”

Dr. Herschel Cutler, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, had a 33-year career with ISRI and an ISRI predecessor association, the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel. During his tenure, Cutler led the association and the industry in its many battles against export controls, railroad freight-rate problems, publicly subsidized recycling programs, Superfund, and other challenges. Under his leadership, Cutler helped transform ISRI, growing the association’s talent and scope to become the leading source of information, education, and training inside the industry and to become the world-leader in advocacy for the recycling industry.

Crawford Carpenter has had long and dedicated career in the paper recycling industry, with a passionate commitment to promoting the industry to the next generation of leaders. Through his service on the ISRI Board of Directors and his roles as President of the Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) and President of the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter, Crawford has advocated for paper recycling and guided the greater association to new levels of industry leadership. He worked diligently to promote RRF’s student scholarship program, and led the effort to create a special military veterans college stipend as a way for the industry to give back to all those who served the nation. Crawford was also heavily involved in the development and spread of ISRI’s youth outreach and education curriculum designed to encourage children to recycle and teach them about the science and technology involved in the industry.

Dr. Cutler will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ISRI2017 Opening Session on Tuesday, April 25. Crawford Carpenter will be similarly honored at the show’s Closing Session on Thursday, April 27. Both sessions will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information visit www.ISRIConvention.org.

For more detailed information, including schedule and registration information, visit www.isriconvention.org.

Members of the working media should contact Rachel Bookman for information on how to obtain press credentials.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ISRI represents approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.  

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