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March/April 2019

Workforce development takes center stage

Convention-Guide_MA19The ISRI-members-only main stage event Industry Challenges in Workforce Development on Wednesday morning, April 10, will feature keynote speaker Ian Siegel. He’s the co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter, an innovative, app-based employment marketplace. Siegel will lead a panel of industry professionals in human resources, labor advocacy, and related fields who will provide their unique insights on current job market trends, HR challenges the recycling industry faces, and potential sources for recruiting work-ready employees.

Workforce Development: Town Hall on Challenges and Solutions, also for ISRI members only, will follow the keynote session. Bring your specific concerns and suggestions to share with ISRI leaders and staff at that event so the association can develop ways to help meet your needs.

Another new program is the intensive, three-hour sales training workshop Thursday, April 11, available to fully registered ISRI members and to exhibitors’ sales staff. In Dynamic Common Sense Selling: What Makes a Top Salesperson, award-winning sales trainer Hal Becker will discuss the qualities of the most successful salespeople, events that can lead to failure, and the art of asking the right questions at the right time.

Scrap recyclers excel at finding and extracting value from resources society has overlooked, and that includes human resources. In The Benefits of Hiring Veterans and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, panelists will showcase the valuable skills and talents veterans and former inmates have to offer recycling facilities that face a growing recruitment and retention challenge.

Other sessions focused on human resource issues include Don’t Get ICEd: I-9 Compliance for the Scrap Industry. An increase in I-9 enforcement actions in recent years has been causing major disruptions for U.S. companies. The session will provide an overview of the current immigration-related employment landscape and a toolkit of best practices for assuring I-9 compliance.

A summit on residential recycling, paper, and plastics

Like a conference within a conference, the Residential Recycling Summit continues the work ISRI began at last summer’s MRF Summit, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Association of North America (Silver Spring, Md.), to address challenges facing municipal recycling programs and their partners. This year’s Residential Recycling Summit will start off with a workshop ISRI has organized with The Recycling Partnership (Falls Church, Va.), an organization that helps communities expand access to curbside recycling programs. Curbing Recycling Contamination aims to bring together material recovery facility operators and residential recycling program coordinators to solve some of the most vexing contamination challenges the industry now faces.

The summit also will incorporate the paper and plastics spotlight sessions to focus on issues specifically affecting those commodities in the residential stream. The Spotlight on Paper: The Impact of E-commerce on Residential Recycling Programs will focus on what’s become known as the “Amazon effect” due to the growth of online shopping and online retailers’ use of corrugated containers. Three-quarters of corrugated containers from commercial and industrial generators get recovered, compared with only about 35 to 40 percent of those delivered to single-family residences. The panelists will explore ways to improve OCC recovery on the residential side and procurement practices at MRF operations and mills to accommodate the changing source of OCC.

The Spotlight on Plastics: Tackling the Plastic Pollution Problem will address the reality that some end-of-life plastic enters the world’s waterways, causing environmental damage. Stakeholders across the value chain, including recyclers, brand owners, and municipal representatives, will discuss their strategies for reducing plastic products’ negative environmental impacts and for fulfilling recycling’s promise of being an agent of change.

The session A Call to Action: How Recycling Can Reduce the Environmental Impact of Man-Made Materials will continue the discussion about the unwelcome presence of plastics in oceans and other waterways. Leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors will show how they have used recycling as a key strategy in their sustainability efforts, offering lessons for communities.

In Increasing Recycling Through Packaging Innovation, product designers will address how they incorporate recycling principles into their designs and the challenges they face when attempting to do so. Packaging serves multiple purposes, from protecting products as they move from the manufacturer to store shelves to catching consumers’ eye. The end of packaging’s life now is getting more attention from product manufacturers who are working more closely with the recycling industry to keep recyclability at the forefront of their design and manufacturing solutions.

Also along those lines, you never want to be surprised by what comes into your facility, so it’s important to understand what manufacturers are producing now to see what will need recycling in the future. How What You’ll Be Recycling in Five Years Will Be Radically Different Than Today will look into tomorrow’s materials stream and offer guidance on how to prepare for it.

The success of a curbside collection program begins with a fair contract between the MRF operator and the local government overseeing the program. Contracting Challenges: Providing Best Practices for MRFs and Municipalities will offer guidance for creating contracts that take into account such factors as price fluctuations and changes in material streams. Such contracts should also ensure the operator’s long-term stability. This session will offer both the municipal and the MRF operator point of view, with the opportunity for you to ask questions and give feedback on your own programs.

The summit concludes with the promise to continue these vital discussions. In the final interactive breakout session, Continuing the Conversation, participants in small-group discussions will address the challenges in residential recycling and potential solutions. Each group then will report its ideas to the summit participants as a whole, and ISRI staff will collect the information to develop tools and other materials for recyclers and other stakeholders.

The convention’s coverage of paper and plastics continues beyond the summit. In Postindustrial and Commercial Plastic Recycling, plastic recyclers will share how they have turned problems such as shrinking export markets into opportunities to expand their business and move in new directions, finding more profits and greater strength. And the session Innovative Solutions to Common Recycling Challenges will tell how innovators in the recycling industry are finding ways to process and sell some challenging new materials emerging from changes in product design. These recyclers are also developing new, robust markets where there once were none.

Commodities and trade in the spotlight

Dealing with market disruption is a critical ongoing issue for scrap recyclers, and one that panelists will highlight at ISRI2019’s commodity spotlights and other commodity- and trade-focused sessions.

With or Without China: What Is the Future of International Scrap Trade? will explore the latest trends in U.S. and international trade in light of China’s restrictions on scrap imports. Panelists will provide updates on U.S. and international trade policies and discuss where recyclers should be looking for market growth opportunities.

The Spotlight on Ferrous will feature Schnitzer Steel’s (Portland Ore.) president and CEO, Tamara Lundgren, joined by Sean Daoud of PNW Metal Recycling (Portland), discussing key factors affecting steel and ferrous scrap markets today, with a look at where the steel industry may be heading.

The Spotlight on Nickel/Stainless panelists, including Doug Kramer of Kramer Metals (Los Angeles), Mitch Greenberg of Allied Alloys (Houston), Markus Moll of Steel & Metals Market Research (Reutte, Austria), and Barry Jackson of the mining company Anglo American, will look at the effects of volatile nickel prices, rising stainless steel production in Asia, and uncertain scrap availability in the West.

The Spotlight on Aluminum will focus on opportunities for the light metal despite disruptions from the Section 232 tariffs that led to increased disparities between primary and secondary aluminum markets. Aluminum panelist Jason Schenker of Prestige Economics will also join the Spotlight on Copper, along with Randy Goodman of Greenland (America) (Rosewell, Ga.) and Jurgen Van Gorp of Metallo Belgium (Beerse, Belgium), to discuss emerging growth markets for copper. Upgrading Mixed Commodities Through Your Downstream for Higher Value will be of special interest to nonferrous metal processors seeking higher prices for their products. Industry veterans Jim Wiseman of Smart Recycling Management (Louisville, Ky.), Robert Broughton of Steinert US (Walton, Ky.), and Tim Shuttleworth of Eriez (Erie, Pa.) will lead this session on the potential return on your investment in additional processing of mixed nonferrous metals.

Panelists at the Spotlight on Electronics, including Craig Boswell of HOBI International (Dallas), Doug Smith of Sony Electronics, and Walter Alcorn of the Consumer Technology Association, will look at how the acceleration of technological convergence—the emergence of “smart” appliances, vehicles, and other products that are broadly integrated—is already changing how we live and is beginning to change the recycling of a whole range of products and materials. Component Level Testing and Reuse also will interest electronics recyclers, with a look at how some companies are experimenting with new business models to boost profits. Experienced electronics recyclers will discuss “parts harvesting” and the techniques they’ve developed to test and evaluate components. At Changes to R2: Public Hearing on the Future of R2, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, the housing body for the Responsible Recycling standard, will explain the latest changes and how they may affect recyclers.

The Spotlight on Tire and Rubber will look at what tire recyclers can do to incorporate circular economy principles into their operations to provide maximum environmental and economic benefits. Among the speakers offering insights is J.D. Wang, president and CEO of ReRubber (Ontario, Calif.), which has pursued research to create new downstream applications for recycled rubber, particularly powder. Proper Handling and Safety Issues for Scrap Tires will address the unique nature of tire processing facilities and the potential risks such operations can face.

Transportation and logistics also continue to be major concerns in the scrap recycling industry. The session Shipping and Container Outlook for 2019 and Beyond will look at how changes in global markets affect your ability to move materials. As nations curtail imports of certain materials they previously accepted, for example, shippers risk their cargoes being stranded at the dock. Panelists at this session will provide an overview of the state of the global shipping industry, identify risks and opportunities for scrap recyclers, and preview what might lie ahead. Intermodal Leasing, Renting, and Management for Scrap Recyclers will address alternative vehicles and modes to move material, such as dump trailers, intermodal containers, and barges.

A focus on quality, health, safety, and environment

Safety is a high priority in recycling facilities, and ISRI2019 will feature sessions devoted to specific issues of increasing concern, such as the proliferation of lithium-ion batteries in consumer products. In Proper Handling of Lithium-Ion Batteries and Risk Mitigation, speakers will provide an overview of the safety challenges these batteries pose for recyclers of all commodities, including identifying the batteries, handling them safely, preventing fire, and packaging them appropriately.

Growing numbers of electric and hybrid vehicles will create new hazards for auto dismantlers and scrap recyclers. Large Electric Vehicle Battery Safety will point out the hazards of handling these high-voltage batteries and the risks to workers dismantling vehicles containing them. This session also will tell where you can gain additional knowledge and resources to train your personnel.

Fire is a risk for all recyclers. Understanding the potential risk is the first step to preventing them, sparing lives as well as property. Reducing the Fire Risk Profile of Your Recycling Facility will examine fire risks and incidents across the different scrap commodities, as well as potential operational and technological solutions.

One way to systematically address QEHS concerns is through certification to a management standard. Discover the Value of Certifications and Standards will provide an introduction to the benefits of certification, which can help you prove to your upstream and downstream partners that you are doing everything you’re responsible for doing. In Get Your House in Order: Proof That a Management System Will Make You Money, speakers who have implemented management system standards such as ISO and the Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ will describe the returns on their investment, such as reduced safety hazards, less downtime, and improved quality of the material they produce. Also see the abovementioned session on changes to the Responsible Recycling standard for electronics recyclers.

Stormwater management is an area of particular compliance concern for recyclers. Civil engineer Ryan Janoch, a civil engineer who helped develop protocols for testing and evaluating stormwater treatment devices, will lead the session on Emerging Trends in Stormwater.

Last but not least, at SREA Training: How to Read and Understand SREA Reports, learn about ISRI’s SREA Reasonable Care Compliance Program, which provides reports on the environmental compliance records of scrap consumers. This workshop will help you understand how to use these reports to protect yourself from claims against downstream vendors.

Additional convention sessions aim to help you market, operate, and sustain your company for the long term. Connecting in a Digital World: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business and Promote Your Brand will offer strategies for leveraging technological interconnectedness to create innovative marketing opportunities. And Keep It in the Family: Selling Your Business to the Next Generation looks at the difficult personal, financial, and legal issues involved in succession planning, such as business valuation, preparing a company for sale, and having frank discussions among multiple generations of leadership.

New groups facilitate peer and cross-group conversation

One of the highlights of the 2018 convention was a panel discussion featuring members of ISRI’s Century Club and its Young Executives Council. The Century Club consists of those whose age and years of active participation in ISRI or its predecessors, when combined, equal 100 or more. The Young Executives Council, as its name implies, connects younger scrap industry professionals with each other and with mentors among ISRI’s leadership and staff. The two groups are teaming up again Tuesday morning, April 9, for The 2020 Workplace: Creating a Culture That Attracts the Next Gen Employee. Representatives of the two groups will share their perspectives on what today’s and tomorrow’s workforces want and expect of their careers and employers.

ISRI’s Women in Recycling group, last year’s relaunch of what had been called the Women’s Council, has organized a session for Wednesday, April 10, titled Our Story: Women in Recycling Share Successes, Lessons Learned, and More. Workforce consultant and Scrap “On Sales” columnist Judy Ferraro will lead a discussion with Michelle Coffino of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage (Charlotte, N.C.) and group co-chairs Brandi Harleaux of South Post Oak Recycling Center (Houston) and Nidhi Turakhia of Allied Alloys (Houston) on finding success as a woman in the scrap recycling industry.

More on the main stage

ISRI2019’s opening and closing main stage events will help you get the most out of the week’s experiences and then take the most inspiring lessons back to work with you.

At the opening session Tuesday, April 9, ISRI Chair Brian Shine of Manitoba Corp. (Lancaster, N.Y.) will deliver the “State of the Association” message to update you on ISRI’s work over the past year as well as its goals for the future. Shine also will present ISRI’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerry Simms of Atlas Metal & Iron Corp. (Denver). Simms has been a member of ISRI for more than four decades, over which time he helped launch ISRI’s efforts to pass the Superfund Recycling Equity Act. He also served as ISRI chair for the 2012-14 term.

The opening keynote speaker is entrepreneur and IT specialist Robert Herjavec, host of TV’s Shark Tank. Herjavec and other panelists on the popular show provide a platform for entrepreneurs across a spectrum of industries who are seeking investors. Through their interrogations and negotiations, the “sharks” help the entrepreneurs increase their chances for success by clearly defining their products, services, business models, market potential, and more. As a cybersecurity adviser for the U.S. and Canadian governments, Herjavec also can provide insights on emerging threats that all businesses need to prepare for.

The closing main stage event on Thursday, April 11, will help bring the week’s valuable insights into focus when ISRI Chair-Elect Gary Champlin of Champlin Tire Recycling (Concordia, Kan.) offers his thoughts on the state of the scrap recycling industry. ISRI presents the Design for Recycling® Award and other industry honors before closing speaker John O’Leary shares lessons from his extraordinary life.

As a child, O’Leary suffered burns across 100 percent of his body in an explosion in the family garage. His doctors did not expect him to survive even one night. After months in the hospital and dozens of surgeries, he forged a positive path that he now uses to guide others through adversity of all kinds. “You can’t always choose the path you walk in life,” O’Leary says, “but you can always choose the manner in which you walk it.” He has brought his message of empowerment to a wide audience with his books, podcasts, blog, and presentations.

Networking, Food, and Fun

Organizers promise this year’s convention will be the most fun and offer the best food ever. Even before the exhibit hall opens Monday, April 8, a stage set up just outside its doors will feature live entertainment—with a surprise appearance from a special guest you won’t want to miss. The pre-opening party begins at 4 p.m. in the convention center lobby, where you also will hear highlights of what’s ahead for the next few days at the convention. Come early to make sure you beat the traffic, both in downtown LA and at the registration desk, says Chuck Carr, ISRI’s vice president of convention, meetings, and education.

 For the opening party in the exhibit hall from 5 to 7:30 p.m., local restaurants will bring a taste of California to the LA Convention Center. Get your taste buds ready for sushi burritos, a bacon station, a “crazy fried rice” station, doughnuts stuffed with ice cream, plus ramen, salads, antipasto, and guacamole, among other treats.

The fun and food will have only just begun, with a variety of receptions and activities planned throughout the rest of the week. On Tuesday, April 9, early-morning exercisers can join a morning Just for Fun Run with the Skid Row Running Club, a local nonprofit ISRI is proud to support. (Visit www.skidrowrunningclub.com.) The club’s founder, LA Superior Court Judge Craig J. Mitchell, will be the featured speaker at Tuesday’s Just for Fun Luncheon. Just for Fun events are open to all attendees with full-registration badges, but you must reserve your spot when you check in at registration. (Note, there will be limited seating for the luncheon.) Also on Tuesday, at the convention center, newcomers are invited to a First Time Attendees Welcome Breakfast, where they’ll learn from experienced convention-goers what to look forward to and how to get the most out of the ISRI2019 experience.

On Tuesday night, the Ferrous Consumers Reception follows the afternoon spotlight sessions on ferrous and nickel/stainless. At the MusicRecycle Project Meeting and Reception, organizers will tell of the group’s work to date with the Berklee College of Music to create a video of students performing music with instruments made from recyclable material. Then all full-registration attendees are welcome to attend the ISRI After Hours Reception at the famed Conga Room at LA Live.

On Wednesday, April 10, full-registration attendees can head to Attitude Fitness in the InterContinental Hotel for the free ISRI Fitness gym access at 6 a.m. or the Just for Fun Yoga Class at 7 a.m. (Bring your ISRI badge if you’re staying at a different hotel.) Later that morning, the Just for Fun Food and Art Tour is a three- to four-hour look at art installations around downtown LA—with plenty of food stops along the way. Sign up for the tour at registration when you pick up your badge, and board the bus at the convention center.

Wednesday night, the Nonferrous Consumers Reception will bring processors, traders, consumers, and others in the industry together immediately following the Spotlight on Copper, while the Residential Recycling Summit and Nonmetallic Commodity Reception for those involved in paper, plastic, electronics, and tires/rubber will keep those conversations flowing. Pace yourself, however, because other events Wednesday night include ISRI’s Circle of Safety ExcellenceTM Reception and the Young Executives Reception. End your Wednesday with the ISRI After Hours Reception at Miro Restaurant—open only to ISRI members with full-registration badges.

For lunch Tuesday and Wednesday, there’ll be no better place to eat and mingle than in the exhibit hall. But you won’t miss out on great food Thursday, when ISRI offers a picnic lunch featuring food from In-N-Out Burger that also will include tasty options for vegetarians.

If you’ve been to ISRI conventions before, you know what’s last is definitely not what’s least. For the ISRI Closing Party Thursday, April 11, you’ll take a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood—or rather Springfield, USA, home of The Simpsons. After a tram tour through the world’s largest working studio, you’ll meet up with Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, Bart, and Krusty the Klown at The Simpsons Ride, a virtual-reality roller-coaster adventure. The party will offer plenty of food, drink, games, and music. As you enjoy one more opportunity to mingle with colleagues and friends, you might even be inspired to join in some karaoke fun.

Time Is running out for registration discounts

ISRI offers discounted registration rates for ISRI members and encourages everyone to pre-register—not only to save money, but also to save time on site. Simply bring your registration confirmation with you to one of the self-serve registration kiosks, scan your code, and you’ll soon be on your way.

Full registration for an ISRI member attendee, exhibitor, or spouse/partner is $1,095 each from March 9 to April 5 or $1,120 on site. For a nonmember attendee, exhibitor, or spouse/partner, full registration is $1,690 each from March 9 to April 5 or $1,715 on site.

Trade show only tickets (which provide access to the exhibit hall on April 9 and 10 only) for an ISRI member are $615 each from March 9 to April 5 or $640 on site. For nonmembers, trade-show-only badges are $875 each from March 9 to April 5 or $900 on site.

Child full conference registration for children (ages 2 to 16) accompanying ISRI member adults is $300 each from March 9 to April 5 or $310 on site. For children accompanying nonmember adults, full conference registration is $515 each from March 9 to April 5 or $540 on site.

Closing night party tickets for the adult guest of an ISRI member with full registration are $250 each from March 9 to April 5 or $275 on site. Closing night tickets for the adult guest of a nonmember with full registration are $275 each from March 9 to April 5 or $300 on site.

Child closing night party tickets for children (ages 2 to 16) of an ISRI member with full registration are $150 each from March 9 to April 5 or $175 on site. For a child guest of a nonmember with full registration, closing night party tickets are $175 each from March 9 to April 5 or $200 on site.

Register quickly and securely online at isri2019.org or contact ISRI at 202/662-8500 or convention@




Recyclers Give—and Receive—at Silent Auction

The Recycling Research Foundation’s fundraising auction will go paperless at ISRI2019, with new, easy-to-use online bidding. The RRF auction area, located near the ISRI member services booth, will showcase an exciting array of unique items ISRI chapters and other donors have generously offered, such as tickets to the 2019 Emmy Awards with hotel accommodations for two, complimentary registration at ISRI chapter events, scrap-material sculptures and other artwork, equipment, and trade publication ads.

You’ll certainly want to browse the items on display, but you won’t need to keep checking back to assure your bid will win the items you want. With mobile bidding, available through a link in the ISRI Connect app, you can set a maximum bid level, receive a text message when you’ve been outbid, and check out instantly once the auction ends, all from your phone. The auction begins Monday, April 8, during the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception and ends Wednesday, April 10.

Mobile bidding also will allow those not attending the convention to participate in the auction, which will help raise even more funds, ISRI RRF liaison Natasha Grant says. RRF is a nonprofit closely associated with ISRI that supports scholarships and recycling industry research. Visit isri.org/about-isri/recycling-research-foundation.



Thanks to ISRI2019 Sponsors

ISRI is grateful to the following companies whose support will enhance the convention and exposition experience for all participants.

AMCS Group: Technology sponsor

Argus Media: Pocket schedules

Benlee: ISzRI After Hours, first night

CNA Metals: Exhibit locator boards

Earth 911: Residential Recycling Summit

Fastmarkets: Exhibit hall lunch, Spotlight on Ferrous

Fire Rover: ISRI After Hours, second night

Frasca Alloys Queretaro: Exhibit hall opening reception, closing main stage event, closing party, and networking area

Harris: Convention program

Intera Materials: Exhibit hall water stations

The Kaimon Group: Catalog tote bag insert

Kripke Enterprises: ISRI antitrust rules and guidelines documents

LBX Co.: Convention tote bags

RecycleGuard: Opening main stage event, Transportation Safety Awards

Royce Corp.: ISRI lanyards

Sennebogen: Highlighter pens

ShearCore: ISRI After Hours, first night

Sierra: Exhibit floor aisle signage, hotel keys

Steinert: Just for Fun Run with Skid Row Running Club

Volvo Construction Equipment: Exhibit hall pocket maps

For information on sponsorship, contact Will Beaty, senior director of business development, at 202/662-8547 or wbeaty@isri.org.




ISRI Welcomes International Recyclers

ISRI2019 will have speakers of Chinese, Spanish, and possibly other languages available to provide assistance for non-English-speaking attendees during the registration process. All main stage events and major commodity spotlight programs, as well as selected education sessions, will have simultaneous translation into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Organizers anticipate participants from as many as 55 countries arriving for ISRI2019, and ISRI worked with more than a dozen international recycling association partners to facilitate their attendance:


Brazilian Aluminum Association (Sao Paulo)

British Metals Recycling Association (Huntingdon, England)

Bureau of Middle East Recycling (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (Ottawa, Ontario)

Federation of Recovery and Recycling (Madrid)

Hungarian Waste Management Federation (Budapest)

Inland Importers and Consumers Association (Delhi, India)

Material Recycling Association of India (Mumbai)

National Institute of Recyclers (Mexico City)

Recovery Guild of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain)

The Recycling Association (Daventry, England)

Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand (Hornby, New Zealand)

Turkish Steel/Steel Exporters’ Association (Istanbul)


Plan to Attend ISRI Governance Meetings in Los Angeles April 6-8

ISRI’s board of directors, committees, divisions, task forces, and other governance bodies will meet at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel from Saturday, April 6, through Monday, April 8. These groups will address a wide variety of issues affecting the scrap recycling industry, such as trade, commodity markets, government relations and advocacy, safety, materials theft, education and training, equipment and services, and more.

The board of directors will meet twice during this time: Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Monday 1:30 to 3 p.m. ISRI members are welcome to attend the board meetings and most other governance meetings to learn about key issues the association is addressing on their behalf. ISRI also encourages members to become involved in the association by volunteering to join these governance bodies. Visit isri.org/about-isri/



ISRI2019 Schedule of Events

Except where noted, the board and governance meetings are at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel and the exposition and convention education sessions are at the Los Angeles Convention Center. ISRI is providing shuttle service between the convention center and the official convention hotels. ISRI board and most governance meetings are open to all ISRI members. Those marked as closed sessions are open only to members of the named group.


Saturday, April 6

Noon–3 p.m.

Executive Committee (closed session)

1–4 p.m.

Chapter Leaders Training (closed session)

2:30–6 p.m.



3–4 p.m.

Challenges & Opportunities Committee (closed session)

4–5 p.m.

Recycling Research Foundation Board Leadership Committee (closed session)

5–6:30 p.m.

ISRI Board of Directors Opening Meeting

Sunday, April 7

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration (Convention Center)

Hospitality (InterContinental)

7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Registration (InterContinental)

7:30–8:30 a.m.

State Subcommittee

8 a.m.–midnight

Mothers Lounge (Convention Center)

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Council of Chapter Presidents

Equipment & Service Providers Council

Materials Theft Task Force

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Convention Committee

Council of Legal Counsels

10–11 a.m.

Circle of Safety Excellence™ Steering Committee (closed session)

10 a.m.–noon

Chapter Treasurers Training (closed session)

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Shredder Committee

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Safe Operations Committee

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Design for Recycling® Task Force

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Auto Recycling Committee

Women in Recycling

Specifications Committee

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Nonferrous Division

Tire & Rubber Division

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Ferrous Division

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Electronics Division

Airbag Working Group

Paper Division

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Membership Committee

Plastics Division

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Trade Committee

5:30-7:00 p.m.

ISRI Resources (closed session)

Monday, April 8

7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration (InterContinental)

7 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Registration (Convention Center)

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Fire Task Force

SREA Subcommittee

7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Hospitality (InterContinental)

8:30–10 a.m.

Government Relations Committee

10–11 a.m.

Communications Committee

10–11:30 a.m.

Global Recycling Standards Organization Board (oversees RIOS™)

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Investment Committee

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Education & Training Committee

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Finance Committee

1:30–3 p.m.

Board of Directors Closing Meeting

4–5 p.m.

Pre-Game Show (Convention Center)

4–7:30 p.m.

Mothers Lounge (Convention Center)

5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception (Convention Center)

Tuesday, April 9

6–6:45 a.m.

Just for Fun Run led by Skid Row Running Group

7 a.m.–6 p.m.


7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

7–8 a.m.

First-Time Attendees Welcome Breakfast

ISRI Breakfast Café

8–10 a.m.

ISRI Main Stage Opening Event: State of the Association—ISRI Chair Brian Shine; ISRI Youth Recycling Awareness Award; Lifetime Achievement Award—Jerry Simms; Keynote Speaker—Robert Herjavec

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

10:15–11:30 a.m.

The 2020 Workplace: Creating a Culture That Attracts the Next Gen Employee (Century Club/Young Executives Session)

Shipping and Container Outlook for 2019 and Beyond

Postindustrial and Commercial Plastic Recycling

10:15–11:45 a.m.

Spotlight on Electronics: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Impact Recycling

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Just for Fun Speaker and Luncheon—Judge Craig J. Mitchell, founder, Skid Row Running Club (InterContinental)1

1:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Intermodal Leasing, Rental, and Management for Scrap Processors

Innovative Solutions to Common Recycling Challenges

Proper Handling of Li-Ion Batteries and Risk Mitigation

The Benefits of Hiring Veterans and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

12:30–2 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

2–3:15 p.m.

Discover the Value of Certifications and Standards

How What You’ll Be Recycling in Five Years Will Be Radically Different Than Today

2–3:30 p.m.

Spotlight on Nickel/Stainless

Spotlight on Tires

3:45–5 p.m.

Component Level Testing and Reuse

Proper Handling and Safety Issues for Scrap Tires

3:45–5:15 p.m.

Spotlight on Ferrous

5:15–6:30 p.m.

Ferrous Consumers Reception

5:15–6:45 p.m.

Changes to R2: Public Hearing on the Future of R2

6:30–7:30 p.m.

MusicRecycle Project Meeting and Reception (InterContinental)

Circle of Safety Excellence Reception

9–11:30 p.m.

ISRI After Hours Reception (open to guests with full registration) (The Conga Room)

Wednesday, April 10

6 a.m.–10 p.m.

ISRI Fitness: Gym Access for Hotel Guests and Fully Registered Attendees (InterContinental)

7–8 a.m.

Just for Fun Yoga Class (InterContinental)

ISRI Breakfast Café

7 a.m.–6 p.m.


7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

7 a.m.–7 p.m.

ISRI Coat/Luggage Check

8–9:30 a.m.

ISRI Main Stage: Industry Challenges in Workforce Development, with Ian Siegel (ISRI members only)

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

9:30–11 a.m.

Residential Recycling Summit—Curbing Recycling Contamination, With The Recycling Partnership

9:45–10:45 a.m.


9:45–11 a.m.

Workforce Development Town Hall on Challenges and Solutions (ISRI members only)

Large EV Battery Safety

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Ohio Caucus

10:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Just for Fun Food and Art Tour (bus departs from Convention Center)

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

With or Without China: What Is the Future of the International Scrap Trade?

Get Your House in Order: Proof that a Management System Will Make You Money

Upgrading Mixed Commodities Through Your Downstream for Higher Value

Our Story: Women in Recycling Share Successes, Lessons Learned, and More

Residential Recycling Summit—Providing a Common Solution for MRFs and Municipalities

12:30–2 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1–2 p.m.

MRF Council

2–3 p.m.

ANSI/ASME B30.25 Subcommittee

2:15–3:30 p.m.

Electronics Division (closed session)

Connecting in a Digital World: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business and Promote Your Brand

Don’t Get ICE’d: I-9 Compliance for the Scrap Industry

2:15–3:45 p.m.

Spotlight on Paper: The Impact of E-commerce on Residential Recycling Programs

Spotlight on Aluminum

3:45–5 p.m.

Emerging Trends in Stormwater

4–5:15 p.m.

Spotlight on Plastics: Tackling the Plastic Pollution Problem

SREA Training: How to Read and Understand SREA Reports

4–5:30 p.m.

Spotlight on Copper

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Nonferrous Consumers Reception

Residential Recycling Summit and Nonmetallic Commodity Reception

8–9:30 p.m.

Young Executives Reception (InterContinental)

9:30–11:30 p.m.

ISRI After Hours Reception (ISRI members with full registration only) (Miro Restaurant)


Thursday, April 11

7–8 a.m.

ISRI Breakfast Café

7 a.m.–2 p.m.


7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mothers Lounge

ISRI Coat/Luggage Check

8–9:15 a.m.

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

8–9:30 a.m.

Residential Recycling Summit—A Call to Action: How Recycling Can Reduce the Environmental Impact of Manmade Materials

8–11 a.m.


ISRI Main Stage Event: Dynamic Common Sense Selling: What Makes a Top Salesperson, with Hal Becker (open to ISRI members and ISRI2019 exhibitor staff only)

9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Law Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting (closed session)

9:45–11 a.m.

Residential Recycling Summit—Increasing Recycling Through Packaging Innovation

Reducing the Fire Risk Profile of Your Recycling Facility

11:15 a.m.–1 p.m.

ISRI Main Stage Closing Event: State of the Industry—ISRI Chair-Elect Gary Champlin; Awards Presentations; Inspirational Speaker John O’Leary

1–2:15 p.m.

Picnic Lunch Featuring Food From In-N-Out Burger

2:15–3:30 p.m.

Residential Recycling Summit—Continuing the Conversation

6–7 p.m.

Transportation to Universal Studios (from hotels)

7–10 p.m.

ISRI Closing Party (Universal Studios Hollywood)


Note: Meetings and times are subject to change. For up-to-date schedule information, visit isri2019.org or download the ISRI Connect app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.








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