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Fall 2017 Board and Governance Meeting Highlights: ISRI Board Approves 2018 Budget, Support for Industry Initiatives

At ISRI’s fall board and governance meeting last week in Washington, D.C., the board of directors unanimously approved the 2018 budget with additional funding for several initiatives that support the recycling industry nationally and around the world.

Hearing issues that the divisions, committees, task forces, and working groups presented, the ISRI board approved:

  • Reclassifying the inbound MRF specification for “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” and adding it to the paper specifications in ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular;
  • Adding to ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular a new specification for rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic recyclables: siding, pipe, and window profiles;
  • Amending ISRI’s Policy Manual, including sunsetting ISRI’s Jan. 24, 2000, ISRI Position Concerning the Release of Solid Material from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensed Facilities; revising ISRI’s April 13, 2005, resolution (now “guidance to staff”) on Potential Legislation on Orphaned Radioactive Sources; and revising language in ISRI’s April 24, 2017, Position on the Use of Degradable Additives in Plastic Packaging, stating: “The introduction of products that contain degradable additives must not harm or compromise currently acceptable recycling practices, recycled material product expectations, and the affiliated recycling infrastructure”
  • Contributing up to $60,000 toward retaining a consultant inside China to provide timely information and translation regarding actions and policies that affect recycling and scrap trade;
  • Rolling over up to $100,000 from 2017 to fund the Houston air study project, the results of which would be shared with other places where environmental justice issues might affect scrapyards and other recycling companies;
  • Spending up to $10,000 to sponsor Global Recycling Day (March 18), an initiative of the Bureau of International Recycling (Brussels);
  • Providing up to $50,000 to continue ISRI’s partnership with JASON Learning, including the annual Youth Video & Poster Contest;
  • Raising the price of subsidized SREA reports by $5, to $40 per report, and of unsubsidized reports by $10 to $310 per report or the vendor’s actual cost, whichever is the lesser; and
  • Adding $60,000 in the 2018 budget to sustain ongoing public relations and communications efforts on behalf of tire and rubber recyclers, such as RecycledRubberFacts.org and informational videos. The strategies also would serve as a crisis management template for other commodities under public scrutiny.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Winter Board and Governance Meeting, to be held January 30- February 1, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC. 

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