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White Papers, Reports and Analysis


ISRI produces periodic reports detailing information on the state of the U.S. scrap recycling industry. Several recent studies show that the U.S. scrap recycling industry creates and supports hundreds of thousands jobs in the United States and generates billions in revenue for federal, state and local governments across the country.

ISRI's Policy and Position Statements

FileTypeSizePublication DateDownload
ISRI Position on Paper BagsPDF483.97 KB13 Aug, 2020 Download
ISRI Position on Minimum Recycled Plastic Content LegislationPDF489.64 KB13 Aug, 2020 Download
ISRI's Positions CombinedPDF1.95 MB04 Mar, 2020 Download
ISRI Position on Orphaned Radioactive SourcesPDF83.67 KB04 Mar, 2020 Download
ISRI PAC PolicyPDF98.16 KB04 Mar, 2020 Download
ISRI Position on Product StewardshipPDF155.26 KB04 Mar, 2020 Download
ISRI Position on Plastic BagsPDF101.42 KB04 Mar, 2020 Download
Right to ReusePDF104.76 KB04 Mar, 2020 Download
Continuation of the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery ProgramPDF105.62 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Railroad TransportationPDF105.72 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Critical Federal Legislative Elements for Used Electronics Equipment & Components ExportsPDF124.66 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Export of Used ElectronicsPDF106.19 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Artificial Turf and Rubber InfillPDF103.23 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
TransportationPDF104.48 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Appropriate Regulation, Registration, Permitting, or Licensing of Sellers of Vehicles for Scrap or Parts OnlyPDF83.04 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Accelerated or Bonus Depreciation Tax AllowancesPDF102.81 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Use of Degradable Additives in Plastic PackagingPDF102.38 KB03 Mar, 2020 Download
Design for RecyclingPDF102.36 KB28 Jul, 2017 Download
Reporting Recycling ActivitiesPDF132.06 KB28 Jul, 2017 Download
Rubberized Asphalt in Road ConstructionPDF109.03 KB27 Jun, 2017 Download
Recyclable Materials TheftPDF107.19 KB27 Jun, 2017 Download
Scrap Tire Design for Recycling (DfR)PDF103.83 KB27 Jun, 2017 Download
Free and Fair TradePDF575.43 KB27 Jun, 2017 Download
Electronic ReportingPDF103.35 KB17 Nov, 2016 Download
One-Bin Collection PolicyPDF79.65 KB23 Jul, 2014 Download
Flow ControlPDF84.63 KB12 Feb, 2014 Download
Energy & Climate ChangePDF24.71 KB19 Oct, 2008 Download
Pressurized ContainersPDF35.10 KB23 Apr, 1996 Download

White Papers, Reports and Analysis

FileTypeSizePublication DateDownload
2019 Economic Impact Study Executive SummaryPDF8.06 MB13 Sep, 2019 Download
2018 Harris Poll Exec Summary FinalPDF598.84 KB05 Oct, 2018 Download
2017 Economic Impact StudyPDF5.49 MB27 Apr, 2017 Download
Economic Impact Study U.S. Based Scrap Recycling Industry 2015PDF2.06 MB13 May, 2015 Download
Harris Survey on America's Attitudes and Opinions about Reycling 2014PDF517.56 KB25 Nov, 2014 Download
Equipment Study (2012)PDF3.58 MB29 Apr, 2014 Download
Whats Up With Scrap Price 2011PDF344.05 KB30 Jan, 2014 Download
Harris Report on U.S. Adults Regarding Recycling Small ElectronicsPDF220.91 KB04 Nov, 2013 Download
Tire Permit Enforcement White PaperPDF160.23 KB24 Jul, 2013 Download
Toxic Substance Control Act Chemical Data Reporting RulePDF251.67 KB30 Jun, 2013 Download
Assessment of Efforts to Restrict the Trade of Electronic Scrap on Electronic Scrap Recycling Industry Jobs and ExportsPDF55.08 KB23 May, 2013 Download
2011 E-Scrap State of the Electronics Recycling Industry FinalPDF2.54 MB05 Oct, 2011 Download
International Data Corporation eWaste and Environmental Ops SurveyPDF101.27 KB29 Sep, 2011 Download
Economic Impact Study U.S. Based Scrap Recycling Industry 2011PDF417.11 KB30 Aug, 2011 Download
Suggested Changes to Proposed Rule and Preamble - FR 44094PDF14.27 KB22 Jul, 2011 Download
Estimating the Price of Elasticity of Ferrous Scrap SupplyPDF293.88 KB25 Feb, 2011 Download
The Case for U.S. Exports of Scrap Commodities 2011PDF58.31 KB30 Jan, 2011 Download
The Case for Rejecting Scrap Export Restrictions (Again!) 2010PDF212.94 KB07 Jul, 2010 Download
Nathan Report Iron and Steel Scrap 2009PDF979.94 KB31 Dec, 2009 Download
Nathan Report The National Inventory of Obsolete Copper Scrap 2004PDF334.76 KB27 May, 2004 Download

Recycling Presentations

FileTypeSizePublication DateDownload
Robin Wiener_ISRI Presentation to ASLRRAPPTX3.28 MB10 Sep, 2015 Download
Robin Wiener_AWMI September 2015PDF3.07 MB09 Sep, 2015 Download
Wiener Remarks AWMA EPA Colloquium 2015PDF222.22 KB14 May, 2015 Download
IERC 2015 Sustaining the US Electronics Recycling Market SalzburgPDF4.19 MB25 Feb, 2015 Download
OECD South Africa Workshop on Raw Materials Export Controls December 2014PDF470.25 KB11 Dec, 2014 Download
OECD South Africa Workshop on Steelmaking Raw Materials December 2014PDF982.48 KB11 Dec, 2014 Download
ISRI Statement for USITC Investigation 131-039PDF437.35 KB20 May, 2014 Download
ISRI - BNA E-Scrap FINALPPTX8.06 MB18 Jun, 2013 Download
E-Scrap in the US for BIR 2013PDF966.63 KB01 Jun, 2013 Download
ISRI's Response to U.S. ITCS's Report on Used Electronics 2013PDF202.57 KB22 Mar, 2013 Download
ISRI Statement HSGAC Hearing on Electronics RecyclingPDF471.27 KB27 Feb, 2013 Download
E-Sscrap 2013 HR2791 is not the solution finalPDF2.61 MB13 Sep, 2012 Download
Wiener Presentation on EPR at BIR June 2012PDF484.64 KB02 Jun, 2012 Download
Recent Developments in the U.S. and Global Ferrous Scrap Markets 2011PDF2.43 MB22 Sep, 2011 Download
ISRI and the US-Based Scrap Recycling Industry 2011PDF1.52 MB02 Jun, 2011 Download
Wiener Speech at 2011CMRA Annual ConventionPDF18.56 KB01 Jun, 2011 Download
The Scrap Metal Recycling Industry in the United States 2011PDF1.19 MB11 May, 2011 Download
Final Wiener Speech at JISRI General Assembly June 11 2010PDF20.08 KB11 Jun, 2010 Download
Final Wiener Speech at JISRI Intl Fe Recycling Forum June 10 2010PDF17.66 KB10 Jun, 2010 Download
ISRI E-Scrap 2010 PresentationPDF1.81 MB01 Jun, 2010 Download
U.S. Scrap Market Analysis After the Crisis, CIRC 2010PDF843.13 KB28 Jan, 2010 Download
XIII International Congress of the Mexican Industry of the Reciclaje and Expo, John Sacco Speech 2008PDF60.45 KB01 Nov, 2008 Download

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