• Press Release

Inaugural MRF Summit to Address Changing Landscape in Recycling

April 12, 2018

Sara Swanson
Marketing Coordinator
1-800-GO-SWANA (467-9262), sswanson@swana.org

Mark Carpenter
Senior Director of Communications
(202) 662-8525, mcarpenter@isri.org

Inaugural MRF Summit to Address Changing Landscape in Recycling SWANA and ReMA join forces for event at WASTECON® The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announce their partnership on the 2018 MRF Summit, to be held at SWANA’s WASTECON® conference August 20–23 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The MRF Summit will provide materials recovery facility (MRF) owners, municipal solid waste professionals, consumer products companies, and government officials with a forum to discuss MRF issues and challenges, such as contamination, technology, and industry policy.

“SWANA is excited to host this important and timely event at WASTECON®, as MRFs struggle to address the challenges posed by more stringent contamination standards and a changing waste stream,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s executive director and CEO. “We have collaborated with ReMA in several areas over the past few years, and this joint MRF Summit marks another significant milestone in our strong relationship.”

Through the MRF Summit, stakeholders from all areas of the recycling supply chain can come together and address common issues; the event will raise awareness among SWANA members about ISRI’s Inbound Material Specifications and encourage all participants to collaborate on developing innovative solutions to current industry challenges.

“This summit is the first-of-its-kind, bringing together consumer brand owners, material recovery facilities, mass retailers, scrap consumers, trade organizations, and municipal solid waste leaders to debate the pros, cons, and realities of recycling different types of materials,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “With curbside residential recycling upended by China restrictions and contamination, this is expected to host the most spirited debates that have ever occurred in this industry.”

Held at SWANA’s largest annual conference for the solid waste and recycling industry, the MRF Summit will offer a special “track” for WASTECON® attendees, featuring unique sessions, keynote addresses from environmental leaders, and networking events for industry professionals. To learn more about SWANA and ISRI’s MRF Summit at WASTECON®, click here.


About SWANA: The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

About ISRI: The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ReMA represents more than 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute 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 nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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