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Workforce Development Programs

A diverse, qualified workforce is key to the success of a business. The ISRI workforce development member resources are designed to help ISRI members recruit people into exciting careers in the recycled materials industry.

From early introduction to the work of the recycled materials industry through our partnership with JASON Learning to internships and fellowships for current college students, to highlighting opportunities for entry level and seasoned workers, ISRI’s member workforce development resources have something for everyone.

How to Make the Most of ISRI Workforce Development Resources

If you are having trouble finding employees, at all career levels and job functions, then take advantage of ISRI’s resources to amplify your search.

The ISRI workforce development member resources contain tools for every stage of talent recruitment. This includes: Inclusion Cohort (New)

Join fellow recycled materials companies in filling your workforce needs through a supported, inclusive hiring strategy. The program is inspired by e-Stewards’ Advance+ initiative. This cohort offers members:
  • On-site assessments
  • Candidate sourcing: we find your future employees!
  • Employer and management training
  • Coaching on available incentives such as grants and tax credits
  • Regular cohort meetings to learn from peers
The program is available to ISRI members at a member only subscription rate. The exact monthly fee depends on your company hiring needs and facility location. Typically, low turnover, incentives and higher productivity has resulted in a 2:1 ROI on this investment.

To learn more, contact Natalie Betts at

All resources are included as part of your ISRI membership and cater specifically to the recycled materials industry.


Olga Zamora
Primary Contact - Workforce Management
(202) 662-8505

Abigail Shaw

Primary Contact - Pathways
(202) 662-8537

economic impact

The 2022 Industry Compensation & Benefits Survey (Digital Edition) report is another important service provided by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) to its members. The report contains the most up-to-date compensation and benefits data for the recycling industry, covering over 80 different job codes for both salaried and hourly workers.

economic impact

The recycled materials industry is experiencing a workforce shortage. ISRI is providing its members with helpful guidance on recruiting and retention best practices. The resources provided are sufficiently broad to be useful to non-HR and HR Generalists in their recruiting and retention efforts

economic impact

The Institute for Scrap Industries (ISRI) initiated the Sustainability Pathways Program, which offers paid fellowship, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities for current and recent graduates. As Pathway participants, students are immersed in career opportunities in the recycled materials industry at one of our member companies.

economic impact

ISRI and JASON Learning are proud to partner to help students and educators understand the importance of recycling and the recycled materials industry, as well as learn key STEM topics related to recycling with rich, standards-based, multimedia curricular experiences for students in grades K–12.

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