Welcome to the quarter four edition of the Plastics Beat. Since the last issue, we have taken great strides in promoting plastics recycling and our industry. Much of the activity that you’ll be reading about in this edition gives me the opportunity to point out how, with your help, ISRI’s Plastics Division is growing.
During our Fall Board Meeting the Division conducted a strategic planning session to help us chart out where we are and where we need to go. Overall, the consensus was that while we are “growing up” and making great strides, we have a long way to go. On the positive side, we believe that one of our biggest strengths has been the development of post-consumer scrap specifications. On the post-industrial side, however, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve started that process by developing PVC Rigid specifications, and now will start exploring specifications for other types of post-industrial scrap. Another area where we need to strengthen our presence is in educating the public and other ISRI members on the value of plastics recycling. Finally, we need to advocate more forcefully on behalf of the industry in front of other stakeholder groups.
The members that were part of our brainstorming session showed a great deal of passion for the industry and for strengthening the work done by our Plastics Division. However, to be truly successful, we need to bring on new members and engage our existing member base to take a more active role in the Division. Based on the actions we’ve begun, I think our Division has a bright future ahead and I’m excited to see where we are headed. I encourage you to join us and help determine where we go.
ISRI Plastics Division Chair