• Press Release

ISRI Hosts Congressional Fly-In Highlighting Recycling’s Essential Role

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is holding a virtual Congressional Fly-In for its members on Wednesday, October 14, to showcase the essential role recycling plays in the health of U.S. manufacturing and the economy. Without the raw materials that are processed into specification-grade commodities by the recycling industry, manufacturers would not be able to produce the products, goods, and other materials consumers use in everyday life.

“The role of advocacy is critical in demonstrating the value of recycling to elected officials on every level,” said ISRI Chief Lobbyist Billy Johnson. “ISRI and its members are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to providing insight on how recycling infrastructure in the U.S. touches almost every part of our economy.”

Following the designation of recycling as an essential industry by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security, ISRI’s Congressional Fly-In will further highlight the industry’s supply of vital raw material feedstocks to the manufacturing sector such as steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, paper, and glass.

The 2020 ISRI Congressional Fly-In will focus on why recycling is essential to

  • The manufacturing supply chain;
  • Environmental protection; and
  • Energy conservation.

The essential role recycling plays is evident on all levels, from fulfilling national infrastructure needs to helping state and local governments manage their responsibilities by providing a critical outlet for the recyclable materials generated within their communities.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 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 $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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