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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is

the nonprofit trade association that is the Voice of the Recycling


. Based in Washington, D.C., ISRI represents approx-

imately 1,300 companies operating in nearly 4,000 locations

in the United States and 34 countries worldwide that process,

broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper,

plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. ISRI members

employ tens of thousands of individuals who work at thousands

of facilities worldwide, more than 80 percent of which are locat-

ed in the United States.

ISRI assists member companies by providing a variety of

products and services designed to help them run better, safer,

cleaner, and more profitable operations. From guidance on

materials theft prevention and SREA compliance to the Recy-

cling Industry Operating Standard


) and the industry’s

most comprehensive collection of safety training materials, ISRI

continues to take the lead in addressing the needs and issues of

the scrap recycling industry and its membership.

Many ISRI member companies are family-owned businesses,

and a significant number of them have been in continuous oper-

ation for 100 years or more. ISRI members range in size from

small, one-yard operations to large, publicly held corporations

with multiple facilities nationwide and worldwide. Other ISRI

members focus on the business of brokering and trading recycla-

ble materials, consolidating materials from a variety of business-

es to expedite the fulfillment of consumer needs.

ISRI’s associate members include equipment and service pro-

viders that market to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers

and sellers of equipment and services find value in promoting

the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI.

Companies that are consumers of scrap also are welcomed as

ISRI members.

Among its services, ISRI provides education, training, advo-

cacy, and compliance guidance and promotes public awareness

of the importance of recycling to the production of the world’s

goods and services. ISRI’s national office and its 21 chapters:

—represent the interests of the scrap recycling industry and

our members to the executive branch, Capitol Hill, and state leg-

islatures and regulatory agencies, as well as international bodies

throughout the world;


continuing education and training

to members

through forums, seminars, workshops, commodity roundtables,

publications, and an annual convention, which includes the

world’s largest scrap recycling exposition;

educate the public

about the benefits of scrap recycling; and

inform members and the public

about scrap recycling online

through the ISRI website

and social media channels.


A board of directors, elected for two-year terms, governs

ISRI. Board members establish and review the vision and mis-

sion of ISRI, participate in the development of strategic goals

that advance the association’s mission, set ISRI policy, and

serve as a forum for public debate on key issues that affect the

members. The board consists of the officers of the association,

the presidents or elected representatives of each chapter, up to

three directors from each division, seven directors-at-large, one

associate member, and past association chairs. The board meets

quarterly at venues around the country.


ISRI offers four categories of membership: Active, Associate

(domestic or international), Consumer, and Affiliate Individual.

The association has six divisions: Ferrous, Nonferrous, Paper,

Tire & Rubber, Electronics, and Plastics. To learn more about

membership, visit


ISRI has established a number of councils to meet the needs

of specific market segments or groups of members within the

organization. Council participation gives members a voice in

issue discussions and provides a vehicle to bring industry issues

and association needs to the forefront.

Consumers Council:

Open to all ISRI members who con-

sume scrap metals, paper, plastics, glass, textiles, rubber, and/or


Council of Chapter Presidents:

Open to all ISRI leaders

who want to discuss issues of concern at the chapter level. The

focus of this council is to strengthen the quality of ISRI’s 21


Equipment and Service Providers Council:

Addresses the

issues of domestic associate members who meet the equipment

and service needs of the industry and who support ISRI programs

through sponsorships and participation.

ISRI Safety and Environmental Council:

Holds confer-

ences of member safety and environmental professionals to

promote information exchange and professional development.


ISRI’s website is the go-to source for information and

resources important to the scrap recycling industry. The site

includes the most current information on important policy and

regulations, safety and best practices, recycling and commodity

information, meetings and events, and more. Much of the infor-

mation contained on the website is restricted to members only.

To obtain your password, visit

or contact Senior

Director of Membership Steven Glover at


Get social with ISRI! Engage with ISRI’s social media chan-

nels for valuable resources, news, networking opportunities, and

member benefits through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube,

Instagram, Flickr, and Vine.


ISRI’s education offerings provide practical, hands-on train-

ing that enables participants to derive the greatest benefit from

their educational investment. Visit

for a schedule

of upcoming educational forums.


Convention and Exposition

—The largest gathering of scrap

recycling industry professionals in the world, the annual ISRI

convention and exposition has drawn in excess of 5,000 attendees

from more than 50 countries. The event offers dozens of work-