2018 ISRI Convention and Exposition: In Good Company

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In-Good-Company_Convention-GuideScrap recyclers are no strangers to complexity and competition. Those who succeed know the key is working—and networking—well with others. Your best opportunity to collect the wisdom, perspectives, ideas, and solutions that others bring to the table is ISRI’s convention and exposition, the largest annual event on the recycling industry’s calendar. For its 2018 convention and exposition, ISRI returns to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, where the odds for mastering these complexities—and having a productive and valuable business experience—are in your favor.

ISRI’s annual convention is “really one-stop shopping for our whole industry,” says Convention Committee Chair Stephen Moss, vice president of Stanton A. Moss Inc. (Bryn Mawr, Pa.). “As a scrap processor, you can look for new or updated equipment, meet with your consumers and brokers, and get educated about what’s going on from all of our seminars. As a broker, you can meet up with and find new consumers and processors to do business with. As a consumer, this is one of the annual opportunities to see more processors and brokers, all in a few days. As an exhibitor, you get the opportunity to display your wares and network with the owners and decisionmakers from our scrap processing companies.”

Indicators to date point to ISRI2018 attracting more than 5,000 registrants, including scrap recycling industry professionals from nearly 30 countries. To help enhance the convention experience for this international audience, translation services will be available for many of the education sessions.

A Focus on Trade, Transportation, and Quality

At ISRI2018, experts in international trade and economics will join technology specialists to help you find where the markets are going and equip yourself to capitalize on them. China represents arguably the biggest challenge most scrap recyclers face right now, as the effects of the government’s restrictive new import policies for recycled commodities ripple across the world. Game Changer: Navigating China’s New Market will provide the latest news on the new regulations and their effects on the recycling industry globally. Even those whose markets are primarily domestic should prepare for impacts on their pricing and schedules and on the supply and demand for their materials.

Transportation is another key issue the convention will address, particularly the growing costs and other challenges of moving materials. The general session Transportation Logistics: Freight, Rail, and Ship will draw on industry and public-sector experts to brief participants on legislative, economic, safety, and technological issues and trends in this critical aspect of the scrap recycling industry.

Keynote speakers provide perspective on trade and technology. ISRI2018’s opening and closing general session speakers will help attendees comprehend all the waves of change now affecting the industry. On Tuesday, April 17, is former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. During his service in the George W. Bush administration, Gutierrez helped open markets for U.S. companies and build new trade partnerships in Latin America.

David Pogue, a Yahoo Finance and CBS Sunday Morning technology analyst, will address the convention’s closing general session on Thursday, April 19. As someone who’s been tracking technological disruption for many years, Pogue can speak eloquently and entertainingly on how to anticipate the changes such technologies as self-driving cars and the Internet of Things will likely bring to the recycling industry.

Spotlights also focus on key issues. The 2018 commodity spotlight sessions will incorporate many of the themes the convention’s economy spotlights address. “China will be a focus, as will trade cases,” says Joe Pickard, ISRI’s chief economist and director of commodities. The ferrous spotlight and aluminum spotlight sessions will offer updates about such issues as the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Transportation issues also will find their way into the discussions at these spotlights, Pickard says.

The spotlights for copper, nickel/stainless, electronics, tire/rubber, and paper also will draw on industry experts to offer the latest intelligence, perspectives, and market opportunities, again with special attention to the effects of the Chinese import ban and other policy and regulatory changes. The Plastics Spotlight: Looking at Domestic Capacity, International Opportunities, and Major Trends will collect the wisdom of plastic feedstock consumers as well as materials recovery facilities to look at domestic capacity for recycled resins and opportunities and challenges emerging from the Chinese trade policy changes. In addition, ISRI2018 features the third annual Plastics Business & Operations Summit, including specialized content provided by the Society of Plastics Engineers (Bethel, Conn.).

Controlling for quality. The situation in China also has renewed the industry’s focus on solving quality issues. In Easily Recycled: Increasing the Amount of Recycled Resins in Packaging and Other Products, experts from across the recycling chain offer their insights on designing and manufacturing products with recycling in mind. How can recyclers get manufacturers to rethink their design to increase recycled content and improve recyclability? This session will help you understand the points of view of manufacturers and other stakeholders and find ways to approach these conversations with the suppliers and consumers of scrap materials.

MRFs see new types of packaging materials entering curbside streams at a growing rate, and many now are straining to improve the quality of their bales. Sorting Through the Issues of MRF Collection and Quality will take an in-depth look at the issue, with the opportunity for input from a variety of stakeholders.

Because quality can have a significant effect on the value of materials—and their demand—it’s important to know how to sort and classify scrap properly. Improving Quality Through Proper Plastic Resin Identification will demonstrate the differences among polymers and explain the importance of sorting in the plastics recycling process. The session also will cover methods for identifying different manufacturing techniques, such as injection molding, blow molding, and extrusion molding.

Proper sorting is important for other scrap commodities as well. Understanding Sorting Technology and Metals Identification will cover the latest tools scrapyards use to identify metals accurately. Hand-held analyzers now can be based on a variety of technologies, such as X-rays, lasers, or optical emissions, each with different capabilities for identifying alloy types. Industry veteran Jim Pasmore of Analytical Sales/Training (Bend, Ore.) will discuss the pros and cons of X-ray fluorescence, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, and optical emission spectrometer analyzers and guide participants through hands-on testing of samples they bring to the workshop.

Making good companies great. Several education sessions aim to help you run a better business, whether you’re a processor, trader, or consumer of scrap. Experienced metals traders will offer Advice for the Novice Nonferrous Trader. Successful trading requires understanding not just the markets, but also the customer’s needs and how those needs can change due to market volatility. Employing a broker or adopting a hedging strategy could offer recyclers alternatives to holding on to their scrap for a rainy day.

Creating a culture of success starts with how leaders inspire (or fail to inspire) their team to innovate. Breaking past a company’s norms for risk tolerance can be daunting, but also rewarding. Supporting New Ideas and Innovation Through Engaged Leadership, led by popular sales and leadership consultant Judy Ferraro and Brandi Harleaux of South Post Oak Recycling Center (Houston), will draw from the experiences of managers at different stages in their careers to show what works and what doesn’t in cultivating the creativity and enthusiasm it takes to pursue innovative projects.

High standards for safety make companies great places to work and help keep operational costs down. Implementing a Forward-Looking Safety Program to Reduce Costs will outline programs companies can develop that prevent injuries, keep people safe, and improve productivity, profitability, and morale. Using Technology to Improve the Maintenance, Care, and Safety of Mobile Equipment looks at advanced technological systems that help operators work safely, such as hands-free communications, telematics, monitoring cameras, electronic braking systems, and crash-avoidance equipment. This session also explores the range of risks to drivers, such as distractions from cell phones, radio, and even fatigue.

Speaking of risk, Don’t Get Eaten Alive: Controlling Your Insurance, Risk, and Human Capital Costs will uncover the many back-office costs that can eat into your company’s profitability, such as fraud in worker’s compensation claims. This session will highlight measures you can take to reduce these costly risks and keep up worker productivity.

The proliferation of workplace regulations can overwhelm managers, but staying on top of compliance is critical for staying out of trouble. Protecting Yourself From Liability Costs: Workforce Compliance Issues will help you learn to resolve conflicts and protect your company from potential liability. Other business-building sessions in the works include guidance for Locating and Recruiting Top Talent and then Retaining and Empowering Productive Employees.

Through its Recycling Industry Operating Standard™, ISRI has developed a management system tailored for scrap recyclers, driven by the industry’s need to improve safety, quality, and environmental compliance and meet the requirements of a changing international marketplace. The Management Systems Investment: Higher Profits, Fewer Incidents, Better Business will demonstrate the benefits your company can gain when you implement RIOS and invest in the certification process. RIOS, R2, and other standards go through a regular revision process to ensure they keep up with regulatory and market demands. Important Changes in Certification Programs and Standards, led by RIOS Executive Director Darrell Kendall, will help you understand these changes and their benefits in terms of safety, environmental compliance, and lower costs.

All companies need to plan for tomorrow, but family-owned businesses often have unique challenges. Keep It in the Family: Selling Your Business to the Next Generation explores the complex dynamics of managing multigenerational family-run companies, all with the future in mind—whether it’s to prepare the next generation to take up the reins, transition senior leaders out of their roles in day-to-day operations, or conduct a business valuation before selling the company.

ISRI’s program planners are adding more sessions to help you expand or run a better business, including Looking at the Southern Hemisphere for Trade Opportunities and developing your skills in Communications and Social Media. The Benefits and Challenges of Using Electronic Payment Systems will look at what it takes to set up an Internet e-commerce site. A session about the REMADE Institute will describe technology projects recycling companies can take part in to improve sustainable materials manufacturing. The State Legislative Roundup: How the States are Grappling with E-Scrap Issues will show what states are doing on such issues as extended producer responsibility, data privacy, right to repair, best management standards, and other issues. Two sessions focusing on the growing challenges lithium-ion batteries pose will show recyclers Proper Handling Techniques and Opportunities for Reuse and help MRFs Keep It Out of the Bin.

Be sure to download ISRI’s mobile app, ISRI Connect, and go to the ISRI2018 tab to get the latest information, or go to ISRI2018.org.

Equipped for Success

Nearly 300 equipment and service providers will be in the expo hall at ISRI2018, ready to answer questions, make recommendations, and provide the tools you need to help advance your business. Even veteran attendees will have new experiences to look forward to in the expo hall, says Chuck Carr, ISRI’s vice president of convention, meetings, and education and training. The sold-out 108,500-square-foot floorplan of booths and large-equipment areas is the largest total floorplan since 2014. Different this year is how you’ll enter the hall each day. The entrance will change to ensure you’ll see the most exhibitors possible, Carr says. The hall’s numerous hospitality areas will serve refreshments, including lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and tables will be positioned throughout the hall, closer to the exhibitors.

So who’s exhibiting? Scores of companies you’ll recognize from previous conventions, but also more than two dozen new companies eager to showcase their innovations in a wide range of areas: material handlers and attachments, processing technologies, magnets, wear parts, monitoring and security systems, stormwater treatment, logistics, brokerage services, market analysis, insurance and financial services, and more. Be sure to check out the Expo Guide beginning on page [XXX], as well as the ISRI Connect mobile app, to start mapping out your expo hall strategy.

An expanded “upcycling pavilion”—a shopping area for buying scrap-related gifts—will be in the prefunction area adjacent to the expo hall and will be open when the exhibit hall is closed. The pavilion contains fair-trade products such as tote bags and clothing made from recycled materials, the sales of which support recycling-related economic development in the developing world.

ISRI Gets Down to Business

ISRI will hold its spring board and governance meetings at the convention, with a full slate of committee, division, and task force meetings scheduled before the main events get underway. The board of directors will meet first on Saturday, April 14; on Monday, April 16; and again on Thursday, April 19, when it will elect leaders for the next two-year term. ISRI members are welcome to attend most of the meetings, including those of the board of directors, but only members of each body are eligible to vote on association business.

ISRI encourages nonmembers unfamiliar with the association and the services and benefits it provides to member companies to attend a special learning session the morning of Tuesday, April 17, led by ISRI’s membership staff and volunteers knowledgeable about the association and its history serving the scrap recycling industry.

ISRI also will honor industry leaders and bestow awards for outstanding achievement during the convention’s general sessions. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes one or more individuals for their commitment to ISRI and lifelong dedication and leadership in the recycling industry. On Tuesday, April 17, during the opening general session, ISRI will honor Sam Proler of Proler Steel Corp. (Houston). His niece, Becky Proler of Southern Core Recycling (Houston), will accept the award on his behalf. On Thursday, April 19, the association will honor Ron Reich of Atlas Pacific Corp. (Colton, Calif.) during the closing general session.

The ISRI Transportation Safety Awards go to member companies that achieve the year’s lowest vehicle accident rate and lowest U.S. Department of Transportation severity rate (Best Fleet) and have the best 36-month accident record (Pacesetter). The Driver of the Year Award goes to the commercial vehicle driver at an ISRI member company with the best 20-year driving record, and the Golden Wrench Award honors the best heavy vehicle maintenance technician or manager. Winners of the Driver of the Year and Golden Wrench awards receive a trip to attend the convention to receive their prizes—and accolades from the industry. ISRI will announce the award recipients during the Wednesday, April 18, general session on transportation logistics.

The prestigious Design for Recycling® Award, which ISRI will announce during the Thursday, April 19, closing general session, recognizes the proactive steps manufacturers have made to design and produce consumer products with recyclability and reduced environmental impacts in mind. Previous winners include EcoStrate SFS, Cascades Fine Papers Group, and consumer electronics manufacturers Samsung, LG, and Dell.

Also at the convention ISRI honors the winders of the annual Youth Video & Poster Contest, co-sponsored with JASON Learning. The contest encourages students from kindergarten through 12th grade to create informational posters or videos to promote awareness of recycling and the idea that “Recycling Is Bigger Than the Bin.”

ISRI2018 Bridges the Generation Gap

During ISRI2018, the Century Club, a new social group for longtime industry veterans, will hold its first official events. Club membership is open to individuals who have reached 100 years of combined age and years of active participation in ISRI or its predecessor organizations—the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel, National Association of Recycling Industries, or Paper Stock Institute of America.

Leading off Century Club Day on Tuesday, April 17, members of the club will join the ISRI Young Executives group for a panel discussion titled Old School Meets New School—a “meeting of the generations … which we expect will be informative and entertaining,” says Century Club committee Co-chair Manny Bodner, past president of Bodner Metal & Iron Corp. (Houston). Club members then will be welcomed into the exhibit hall until noon to catch up on the latest industry innovations and trends. Afterwards, they’ll continue their lifetime of networking at a Century Club members-only reception in the exhibit hall.

The ISRI Young Executives group encourages companies to send more of their younger team members to the convention to engage in peer-to-peer networking and socializing. Many in the group have already begun networking on the official ISRIYE Facebook page, isri.org/isriyefb.

ISRI also is encouraging more next-generation scrap recyclers to participate in the convention by offering a special discount off of full conference registration for members under age 40. See page [XX] for details.

Fun for All

Fast cars, colorful signs, and creative cuisine are the hallmarks of the Just for Fun adventures available when you need a break from business. Full-registration attendees and social badge holders will want to reserve a place for their choice of three Just for Fun adventures unique to Las Vegas.

If you’ve ever fantasized about whisking around a racetrack in a stock car, you’ll get your chance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Richard Petty Racing Experience offers a thrilling high-speed ride-along and even the chance to take the driver’s seat of a 600-hp race car. Participants must show a valid driver’s license.

If the Las Vegas golden age is more your speed, opt for the Neon Museum tour. Just for Fun guests will get an up-close view of retired iconic signage from hotels and casinos dating back to the 1930s, including Caesars Palace, the Golden Nugget, and the Stardust, in the facility’s Neon Boneyard.

Fine dining rates as one of Las Vegas’ premier attractions. ISRI’s event planners also will be serving up an excursion to the Bellagio Hotel & Casino’s Tuscany Kitchen, a leading restaurant on the Strip, where Just for Fun guests can participate in a private cooking demonstration in the award-winning executive chef’s culinary classroom, then they can savor the results at a delectable luncheon.

Just for Fun admission is included in the cost of full-convention or social-badge registration, but you must reserve your spot when you check in for the convention on site. At the convention registration desk, each registrant may reserve up to two spaces for his or her chosen events. And please don’t be late for your events, or you’ll miss out: ISRI will hold reservations until 15 minutes prior to departure, after which it will release the spots to those on the waiting list.

Membership Discounts for ISRI2018 Registration

ISRI offers discounted registration rates for its members, as well as an additional discount for members under age 40 to help support and promote the next generation of scrap recyclers. The rates are as follows:

Full conference registration includes admission to the opening reception, exhibit hall, education sessions, all listed receptions and events, and the closing night party. For non-ISRI members the rate is $1,650 from March 15 to April 13 or $1,675 on site; for ISRI members, it’s $1,045 from March 15 to April 13 or $1,070 on site; for ISRI members ages 17 to 40, it’s $1,020 from March 15 to April 13 or $1,045 on site.

Registrants may also purchase badges for full conference registration for children ages 2 to 16, which includes admission to the same events as the accompanying adult. The rates for children of non-ISRI members is $495 from March 15 to April 13 or $520 on site; for ISRI members, it’s $275 from March 15 to April 13 or $300 on site.

Trade-show-only badges provide access to the exhibit hall on Tuesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 18, but to no other events. For non-ISRI members the rate is $850 from March 15 to April 13 or $875 on site; for ISRI members, it’s $600 from March 15 to April 13 or $625 on site.

The social badge (limited to one badge per full-conference registrant) includes access to the opening gala, closing night beach party, and Just for Fun programs, but not to the exhibit hall on Tuesday and Wednesday or to the general sessions, education sessions, spotlights, or workshops. The rate for both ISRI members and nonmembers is $550 from March 15 to April 13 or $575 on site.

Full-conference registrants may purchase additional badges for admission to the closing night beach party (Thursday, April 19) for their family or other guests. The rates for guests age 17 or older of non-ISRI members are $225 from March 15 to April 13 or $250 on site; for ISRI members, it’s $200 from March 15 to April 13 or $225 on site. For children ages 2 to 16 of non-ISRI members, beach party tickets are $175 from March 15 to April 13 or $200 on site; for children of ISRI members, they are $150 from March 15 or $175 on site.

To register, visit isri2018.org or download the ISRI Connect mobile app.


Silent Auction Supports Recycling Research Foundation

A highlight of the exhibition hall will be the items up for bid (below) in the annual silent auction supporting the Recycling Research Foundation, a nonprofit foundation affiliated with ISRI. This year look for a park bench made from recycled tires and plastics donated by Champlin Tire Recycling (Concordia, Kan.), scrap metal art donated by the Pacific Northwest Chapter, and an Apple watch donated by Electric Guard Dog (Columbia, S.C.). You can also bid on a photography session with Thomas Fallon Photography, wall art from Sea Glass Fine Art, financial services from Morgan Stanley, and other exciting items generously donated for auction.

RRF supports scholarships, original research, and other activities to advance the scrap recycling industry. The program awards scholarships to graduate students in programs that support the recycling industry and stipends to U.S. military veterans. RRF also administers the scholarships awarded by ISRI chapters with undergraduate scholarship programs. This year, RRF has extended its educational support by providing a grant to the ISRI/JASON Learning partnership, which sponsors a science-based K-12 curriculum focused on recycling as well as the annual Youth Video & Poster Contest. For more information about RRF and the silent auction, contact Natasha Grant, 202/662-8524 or ngrant@isri.org.


Recyclers Explore Outreach Through Music

The MusicRecycle Program wants to bring together recyclers with music and entertainment-industry connections and those interested in better educating the public about why to recycle and how recycling works. The group will hold an organizational meeting and reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18; check the on-site program or ISRI Connect for details.


Connect with ISRI

Before you arrive at ISRI2018, be sure to download ISRI’s new mobile app, ISRI Connect, from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. (Note: the previous app, ISRI Mobile, has been discontinued.) Besides keeping you connected with all things ISRI, including the membership directory, safety resources, and Scrap magazine, the app will let you view the convention schedule; find speakers, exhibitors, and attendees; interact with speakers and attendees in sessions; and more. Visit isri.org/about-isri/isri-connect.


Closing Night Party Brings Out the Stars

The beachside closing party for ISRI2018 on Thursday, April 19, will have the sparkle of Hollywood glamour in anticipation of next year’s convention in Los Angeles. While the closing gala is a final opportunity to network with the professionals you’ve met during the week, the emphasis will be on fun. Join your colleagues and friends for food, drink, music, and dance at Mandalay Beach (below), the scene of some of ISRI’s greatest parties.


Let Vegas Entertain You

Convention week in Las Vegas will offer plenty of off-site entertainment, including the Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15. Also check out headliners like Justin Timberlake (T-Mobile Arena, April 14–15), Jennifer Lopez (Planet Hollywood), Boyz II Men (Mirage), Celine Dion (Caesars Palace), and the many Cirque du Soleil shows. On site, the Mandalay Bay hosts the Michael Jackson One show by Cirque du Soleil, and the Blue Man Group performs at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Visit www.visitlasvegas.com.


Thank You, ISRI2018 Sponsors

ISRI extends its gratitude to the following companies for sponsoring the services and features that help enhance the convention and exhibition experiences.

American Metal Market: Ferrous Spotlight and Ferrous Consumers Reception

Argus Media: Pocket schedule

Chiho Environmental Group/Liberty Iron and Metal: Opening reception

CNA Metals: Exhibitor locator boards

Harris: Convention program

Kripke Enterprises: ISRI Rules and Guidelines documents

LBX Co.: Tote bags

RecycleGuard®: Opening general session

Royce Corp.: Lanyards

Sennebogen: Highlighter pens

Sierra International Machinery: Hotel key

Volvo Construction Equipment: Exhibit hall pocket map


2018 ISRI Convention and Exposition Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 14

2:30–6 p.m.


4–5 p.m.

Recycling Research Foundation Board

5–6 p.m.

ISRI Board of Directors (open to all ISRI members)


Sunday, April 15

7 a.m.–6 p.m.



7:30–8:30 a.m.

Nonferrous Division

MRF Council

8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Ferrous Division

Paper Division

8:30–10:30 a.m.

Chapter Treasurers’ Training*

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Shredder Committee

Plastics Division

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Membership Committee

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Convention Committee

Electronics Division

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Communications Committee

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Safe Operations Committee

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Tire & Rubber Division

Materials Theft Task Force

3:30–4:30 p.m.

State Subcommittee

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Council of Chapter Presidents*

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Trade Committee

Education and Training Committee

5:30–7 p.m.

ISRI Resources*

Monday, April 16

7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


7 a.m.–8 p.m.


7:30–8:30 a.m.

Equipment and Service Providers Council

Audit Committee*

8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

8:30–10 a.m.

Government Relations Committee

10–11 a.m.

Design for Recycling® Task Force

10–11:30 a.m.

ISRI Services Corp., RIOS™ Board of Directors

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Planning Committee*

Noon–12:30 p.m.

Investment Committee

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Finance Committee

1:30–3:30 p.m.

ISRI Board of Directors (open to all ISRI members)

2–4 p.m.

Final Exhibit Safety Inspection

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Political Action Committee Leadership Council*

4–5 p.m.

First-Time Attendees Welcome and Orientation

5–8 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Opening Gala


Tuesday, April 17

7–8 a.m.

Breakfast in the ISRI Café

7 a.m.–5 p.m.


8–9:45 a.m.

Opening General Session: Carlos Gutierrez

8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit Hall Hospitality

10–11 a.m.

Old School Meets New School: A Dialogue Between ISRI’s Century Club and Young Executives

ISRI Membership Sales Presentation


10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Just for Fun: Richard Petty Racing Experience (includes box lunch)

11 a.m.–noon

Ohio Caucus

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Game Changer: Navigating China’s New Market

Tire Spotlight

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1–4 p.m.

Just for Fun: Neon Museum Tour

1:45–3 p.m.

Improving Quality Through Proper Plastic Resin Identification

Emerging Opportunities for Crumb Rubber Manufacturers

Using Technology to Improve the Maintenance, Care, and Safety of Mobile Equipment

1:45–3:15 p.m.

Aluminum Spotlight

Paper Spotlight

3–4 p.m.

ANSI/ASME B30.25 Subcommittee

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Trends in Renewable Energy Markets

3:30–5 p.m.

Copper Spotlight

Plastics Spotlight: Looking at Domestic Capacity, International Opportunities, and Major Trends

5–6:15 p.m.

Nonferrous Consumers Reception

Paper, Plastics, Electronics, Tire/Rubber Consumers Reception

Wednesday, April 18

7 a.m.–5 p.m.


7:30–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the ISRI Café

8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

8:30–10:30 a.m.

Spotlight on Transportation

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit Hall Hospitality

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Implementing a Forward-Looking Safety Program to Reduce Costs

10:45 a.m.–noon

The State of the Ferrous Industry: A View From the Mills

Sorting Through the Issues of MRF Collection and Quality

Supporting New Ideas and Innovation Through Engaged Leadership


The Management Systems Investment: Higher Profits, Fewer Incidents, Better Business

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Electronics Spotlight: Looking at Precious Metals

Reducing Contamination by Producing Higher-Quality Bales (Society of Plastics Engineers)

Don’t Get Eaten Alive: Controlling Your Insurance, Risk, and Human Capital Costs

1:30–3 p.m.

Discussion with AMM on Scrap Reporting and Methodologies (ISRI members only)

2–5 p.m.

Just for Fun: Neon Museum Tour

3:15–4:30 p.m.

Easily Recycled: Increasing the Amount of Recycled Resins in Packaging and Other Products

State Legislative Roundup: How States are Grappling With E-Scrap Issues

The Benefits and Challenges of Using Electronic Payment Systems

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Ferrous Spotlight

4–6:30 p.m.

MusicRecycle Project meeting and reception

4:45–6 p.m.

Ferrous Consumers Reception

Thursday, April 19

7–8 a.m.

Breakfast in the ISRI Café

7 a.m.–noon


8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

8–9:45 a.m.

Closing General Session: David Pogue

9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.


10–11:15 a.m.

Global Trade: Finding New Opportunities in a Changing Scrap World

Advice for the Novice Nonferrous Trader

Keep It in the Family: Selling Your Business to the Next Generation

10 a.m.–noon

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Proper Handling Techniques and Opportunities for Reuse

11:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Just for Fun: Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen and Lunch Demonstration

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Keep It Out of the Bin: MRF Challenges With Lithium-Ion Batteries

Protecting Yourself From Liability Costs: Workforce Compliance Issues

Important Changes in Certification Programs and Standards

Workforce Resources: Locating and Recruiting Top Talent

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Understanding Sorting Technology and Metals Identification

Workforce Resources: Retaining and Empowering Productive Employees

Digital Marketing 2018: Leveraging Social Media and More

3–4:30 p.m.

ISRI Board of Directors Elections

7–10 p.m.

Closing Night Beach Party




Whether you bring your own team to ISRI2018 or network with the thousands of other scrap recycling professionals heading to Las Vegas April 14–19, you’ll be in very good company—and well on your way to making your own good company even better.
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