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Recycling Research Foundation Silent Auction Sets New Records

Money raised funds for scholarships and industry research

(Washington, DC) – As part of its continuous effort to provide funds for college students and industry research, The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) recently announced it raised a record amount of nearly $40,000 through its annual silent auction. RRF, a nonprofit closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), promotes the art and science of scrap processing and recycling through the research, sponsorships, technical assistance, and educational programs for the purpose of advancing the industry. 

“The record number of donations and money raised for the Recycling Research Foundation, illustrates the generosity of those that make up the recycling community,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “These fund will contribute to the future of the industry, both through valuable research that could lead to technological breakthroughs and market developments, and by preparing the next generations of industry leaders. A tremendous thank you goes to all those who supported the cause through donations, and bidding on the many items available.”

There was a record 75 items donated to the auction this year which took place during ISRI’s annual convention and exposition in Las Vegas. Donations ranged from recycled scrap metal sculptures, to photography sessions, to electronic accessories. An Eriez SMART Metal Loss Monitor received the highest single bid at $12,000.

The money raised will help fund higher-education initiatives, including RRF’s National Foundation Scholarships and National Veterans Stipend. The National Foundation Scholarship is a $5,000 national scholarship aimed to support graduates students participating in a degree program that is applicable to the scrap recycling industry. The National Veterans Stipend is a stipend of up to $8,000 created for those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The stipend covers $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to 4 years. The deadline for applying for both programs for the coming year is June 1, 2018. 

RRF would like to give a special thanks to those who donated to the auction and helped carry on the Foundation’s mission, including:

Al-jon Series by C&C MFG
Balcon Enterprises
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
CASE Construction Equipment
Champlin Tire Recycling
CMC Recycling
Company Wrench
Danney McReynolds
Doug Kramer
Electric Guard Dog
Granutech-Saturn Systems
Hammermills International LLC
ISRI Chicago Chapter
ISRI Empire Chapter
ISRI Gulf Coast Chapter
ISRI Indiana Chapter
ISRI Michigan Chapter/Kalamazoo Institute of Art
ISRI Michigan Chapter/Twisted Rat Metal
ISRI Mid-America Chapter
ISRI Mid-Atlantic Chapter
ISRI New England Chapter
ISRI New Jersey Chapter
ISRI New York Chapter/Pascap Co. Inc.
ISRI Northern Ohio Chapter
ISRI Northwest Chapter
ISRI Ohio Valley Chapter
ISRI Pacific Northwest Chapter
ISRI Paper Stock Industries (PSI)
ISRI Pittsburgh Chapter
ISRI Rocky Mountain Chapter
ISRI Safety Department
ISRI Southeast Chapter
ISRI West Coast Chapter
JASON Learning
Kathy Walton
Maxam Tire North America
Perry Johnson Registrars
Recycling International Magazine
Recycling Today Magazine
Resource Recycling Magazine
Robin Wiener
SCRAP Magazine
Seaglass Fine Art Photography
Shared Logic Group, Inc.
Sigma Recycling Inc.
Tav Holdings Inc.
The Audubon Group at Morgan Stanley
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thomas Fallon Photography



The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI 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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