Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

ISRI actively advocates on behalf of its members on key policies, regulations, and issues, both domestic and international, that impact the recycling industry. Scrap recycling offers real sustainable solutions for balancing economic growth and environmental stewardship. Scrap recycling stimulates economies from small towns in rural America to major cities to international trade. The result is economic and environmental sustainability for our nation and our world. Scrap recycling provides the high value, environmentally friendly and energy-saving raw materials that make America’s manufacturing industries more competitive in the global marketplace. The scrap industry also supplies the world’s rapidly growing demand for all manner of commodities. ISRI and its 21 chapters represent approximately 1,300 companies operating in nearly 4,000 locations in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide.

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Material Recycling
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

ISRI members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI's associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers and sellers of equipment and services—such as shredders, balers, cranes, cargo transporters, computer systems, and more—find value in promoting the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI.

ISRI Membership

ISRI members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI's associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry.

ISRI Chapters The 21 regional and national chapters of ISRI help to connect recyclers, consumers and equipment and service providers in the area with local news and with periodic meetings and events designed to strengthen business locally.

ISRI assists members by providing service in several broad categories including: safety, networking and education, market research and reporting, regulatory and legal information, industry-specific publications, and representation.

ISRI is a member-led organization.  ISRI’s governance structure provides the insights and leadership necessary for ISRI to be effective and successful.

ISRI and its chapters host dozens of educational and networking events each year to foster the growth of professionals within the recycling industry.  In addition, ISRI has partnered to develop a science-based recycling school curriculum for K-12 students.

ISRI Government Relations

ISRI advocates on behalf of its members on a variety of important issues directly and indirectly impacting the recycling industry in Washington, DC, state capitals across the U.S., and internationally.

ISRI has an annual awards program that recognizes excellence in a number of areas, including: member contributions, product design, transportation safety, and youth public awareness.

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to Foundation’s mission is to promote the art and science of scrap processing and recycling through research, sponsorships, technical assistance, and educational programs for the purpose of advancing the industry.

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ISRI Insurance Program ISRI’s insurance programs are specifically designed with the needs of recyclers in mind and include many coverage enhancements specific to the industry.

Economy Scrap recycling industry is a sophisticated, capital-intensive industry that has been creating “green jobs” in the United States for decades. As the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, scrap recycling has been integral to the U.S. economy, job creation, resource sustainability, energy savings, and global trade for more than 200 years.

NMVTIS As the first link in the recycling chain, our industry plays a critical role in directing end-of-life and obsolete vehicles and materials to the manufacturing sector to become raw materials for new products.

Transportation Scrap recycling industry is highly dependent on America’s transportation infrastructure to get its products to domestic and global markets.

Metals Theft The most effective way to address the problem of metal theft is through a comprehensive strategy focusing first on efforts to prevent metal theft to the maximum extent practicable and second on assisting law enforcement and prosecutors in their efforts to catch, prosecute, and penalize those who perpetrate these thefts to the extent necessary to dissuade their colleagues from a similar path.

ISRI's State Policy Program provides the tools you need to comply with current requirements, identify legislative policy trends in neighboring states and nationally, keep track of proposed changes, and engage your state officials on the bills that will impact our industry.

Tax US tax policies, such as bonus depreciation allowances and incentives, are vital to capital investment and the competitiveness of the U.S. scrap recycling industry.

Electronics Recycling The U.S. electronics recycling industry has shown tremendous growth over the past 10 years. This maturing segment of the scrap recycling industry provides a boost of approximately $5 billion to the U.S. economy (up from less than $1 billion in 2002) and employs more than 30,000 full time employees (up from 6,000 in 2002).

Superfund/SREA The Superfund Recycling Equity Act ('SREA') protects scrap processors from liability if their consumers' facilities become a Superfund site. However, SREA requires recyclers to take certain affirmative actions—one is conducting due diligence on the environmental compliance of your consumers' facilities.