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ISRI2019 to Debut Residential Recycling Summit

(Washington, DC) – Building on its reputation as the premier recycling industry event in the world, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) 2019 Convention & Exposition will add a Residential Recycling Summit to its lineup of educational workshops. Through seven sessions it will deep dive into the issues surround plastics, paper and residential recycling industries.

“Over the course of the last 18 months, a spotlight has been shined on issues in the residential recycling stream,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “As the Voice of the Recycling Industry, ISRI has been working aggressively to bring together stakeholders including recyclers, brand owners, municipalities, and MRF operators to address the challenges and opportunities facing residential recycling today. I am excited about the dialogue that is going to occur during ISRI2019, where experts, local government officials, manufacturers, and operators from across the country will come together to improve residential recycling.”

With more than 5,000 attendees expected, ISRI2019 is the largest gathering of recycling professionals in the world. The Summit itself will bring together all segments of the value chain – recyclers, material recovery facilities, brand owners, municipalities, and other stakeholders to discuss solutions to the challenges society is currently experiencing with curbside recycling. This track of programming will focus on issues such as new markets for recovered fiber, innovations in consumer packaging, sustainability issues and Municipal/MRF contracting best practices.

Sessions will take place April 10-11, and include:

  • Curbing Recycling Contamination with The Recycling Partnership
  • Contracting Challenges: Providing Best Practices For MRFs and Municipalities
  • Spotlight on Paper: The Impact of E-commerce on Residential Recycling Programs
  • Spotlight on Plastic: Tackling the Plastic Pollution Problem
  • A Call to Action: How Recycling Can Reduce the Environmental Impact of Man Made Materials
  • Increasing Recycling Through Packaging Innovation
  • Breakouts: Continuing the Conversation

Municipal officials are encouraged to attend to explore why curbside collection programs across the country are seeing changes in the materials they are handling – why some materials are finding market outlets while others are being challenged. This conversation can help in the decision-making process in their communities and improve their collection programs.

Session descriptions and times can be found on the ISRI2019 website.

Register online for ISRI2019. Municipal and other government employees should contact Jonathan Levy at ISRI for more information on the registration process.

Members of the working press may contact Mark Carpenter for a press pass.


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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