(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and its members put the essential role of recycling on full display during a virtual Congressional Fly-In on Wednesday, October 14. During the Fly-In, ISRI members met with more than 60 Congressional offices, providing insight into the many ways recycling benefits the U.S. manufacturing supply chain, environmental protection, energy conservation, and more.
“Once again ISRI members successfully highlighted just how essential recycling is to the U.S. economy, environment, workforce, and beyond,” said ISRI Vice President of Advocacy Adina Renee Adler. “ISRI is grateful to have had the opportunity to provide an overview of the industry, and we thank Congress for continuing to support us.”
ISRI members described the numerous ways recycling is essential to manufacturing, providing valuable commodity-grade material feedstocks for producers including metals, paper, plastics, rubber, and glass. Members also highlighted recycling’s benefits relating to energy savings and natural resource conservation. Recycling is an economic engine and job creator, and members touted the 531,510 jobs and $12.9 billion in tax revenues the industry generates annually for state and local governments across the country.
In addition to showcasing recycling’s many benefits, ISRI members also thanked Representatives and Senators for the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as well as the Paycheck Protection Program. These efforts have greatly benefitted the industry, providing many recyclers with a means to continue supplying critical feedstock to manufacturers of goods needed in the fight against the pandemic and vital to our daily lives.
*Photo attached: Representative Roger Marshall & Legislative Assistant Katie Moore with ISRI Chair Gary Champlin
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.