ISRI 30th Anniversary Timeline

1987-2017-02

1987-2017-02

Celebrating 30 years of promoting, protecting, and advancing the scrap recycling industry

1987-01

1987-01

1987-02

1987-02

The National Association of Recycling Industries, founded in 1913 as the National Association of Waste Material Dealers, was the first national trade association for the scrap industry, and the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel—formed in 1928—was the second.

1987-03

1987-03

Sandy Shapiro and Howard Meyers were the respective elected leaders of the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel and the National Association of Recycling Industries when the two associations merged to form ISRI in June 1987. They served as co-presidents of ISRI in its first few months.

1987-04

1987-04

Herschel Cutler, former executive director of the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel, is named ISRI’s first executive director.

1987-05

1987-05

NARI and ISIS merged for “a number of compelling reasons,” the groups’ leaders said in 1987, but “the need for a strong, unified voice for processors and consumers of scrap commodities … was the critical factor.”

1987-06

1987-06

One of ISRI’s first official acts was to acquire Scrap Age magazine from Three Sons Publishing Co. in Northbrook, Ill. The September/October 1987 issue was the first edition published under ISRI’s ownership.

1988-01

1988-01

1988-02

1988-02

Richard Abrams of B. Abrams & Sons Inc. is the first individual elected president of ISRI, serving from 1988 to 1990.

1988-03

1988-03

In addition to President Richard Abrams (seated, center), ISRI’s first slate of national elected officers includes (standing) Jim Fisher and David “Cap” Grossman and (seated) Arnold Gachman and David Serls.

1988-04

1988-04

One of ISRI’s biggest initial challenges is addressing Superfund, which was naming scrap recyclers as PRPs—potentially responsible parties—at contaminated sites around the country.

1988-05

1988-05

ISRI holds its first annual convention at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. The event attracts roughly 2,250 attendees.

1988-06

1988-06

ISRI changes the name of its flagship magazine—Scrap Age—to Scrap Processing and Recycling beginning with the January/February 1988 issue.

1989-01

1989-01

1989-02

1989-02

President Ronald Reagan is the keynote speaker at ISRI’s second annual convention, held at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. The convention’s theme is “Challenges in Recycling.”

1989-03

1989-03

ISRI increasingly expands its services beyond the metals and paper sectors to include commodities such as plastics and glass.

1989-04

1989-04

The scrap industry faces an escalating threat from municipal curbside programs, which boost the collection of residential recyclables, skewing the supply side of the market and driving down prices.

1989-05

1989-05

ISRI uses the mantras that “scrap is not waste” and “recycling is not disposal” in its battles against flow control and regulations that seek to group recyclables and recycling activities with solid waste and waste hauling.

1990-01

1990-01

1990-02

1990-02

David Serls of Colonial Metals Co. and L. Lavetan & Sons Inc. is elected ISRI president, serving from 1990 to 1992 with fellow national officers Arnold Gachman, Jim Fisher, Shelley Padnos, and David “Cap” Grossman.

1990-02a

1990-02a

David Serls

1990-03

1990-03

ISRI holds its annual convention in New Orleans with the theme, “A Vision for the ’90s.”

1990-04

“Superfund liability is probably the most frightening issue confronting scrap processors and recyclers, and rightly so.” David Serls

1990-05

1990-05

“The plight of the discarded tire has found increasing recognition in recent months, as has the need to recover scrap tires.” ISRI

1990-06

ISRI establishes two field offices—in California and Missouri—to serve existing members and recruit new ones.

1990-07

1990-07

ISRI holds its first Plastics Seminar in September.

1991-01

1991-01

1991-02

1991-02

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas, with Larry King, Fred Barnes, and Rep. Dan Glickman as keynote speakers.

1991-02a

1991-02a

Larry King

1991-03

1991-03

ISRI forms an ad hoc tire/rubber committee to examine issues related to recycling scrap tires. The group becomes a full committee at ISRI’s July board meeting.

1991-04

1991-04

Trucking companies start sending scrap shippers invoices for undercharge claims—the difference between a carrier’s official filed rates and rates it negotiated with the shipper.

1991-05

1991-05

The Paper Stock Institute, a group of ISRI members, becomes a national chapter— the Paper Stock Industries Chapter— in the association.

1991-06

1991-06

Strict new controls on the international export and import of all “wastes,” possibly including scrap, appear imminent following ratification of the Basel Convention.

1991-07

Under U.S. EPA’s new Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure, tailings containing lead, either in free form or as PVC stabilizer, or other leachable materials could be classified as hazardous waste.

1991-08

ISRI adopts a position on flow control, opposing government attempts to control “materials that have been diverted or removed from the solid waste stream for the purpose of recycling.”

1992-01

1992-01

1992-02

1992-02

Arnold Gachman of Gachman Iron & Metal Co. becomes ISRI’s third president, with other national officers Shelley Padnos, Jim Fisher, and David “Cap” Grossman.

1992-03

1992-03

ISRI brings its annual convention to San Francisco with the theme, “The Future Begins With You.”

1992-04

1992-04

ISRI forges ahead with the second half of its group stormwater permit application, which previous ISRI President David Serls calls “the biggest project in ISRI’s history.”

1992-05

ISRI releases its Environmental Operating Guidelines.

1992-06

“It is in the best interests of all recyclers to work with governments and assist in the creation of a more involved and informed regulator.” Herschel Cutler

1992-07

1992-07

Eddy-current nonferrous separators start to gain traction in the U.S. market.

1993-01

1993-01

1993-02

1993-02

The ISRI convention—with the theme “Expanding Your Horizons”—is held in Orlando, Fla. Fran Tarkenton, Jane Bryant Quinn, Jan Scruggs, and Larry Farrell are keynote speakers.

1993-03

1993-03

The number of scrap tires consumed in North America increases almost threefold from 1990 to 1992, from 24.5 million to 68 million.

1993-04

1993-04

“It is only a matter of time before China’s economy and industrial base mature, enabling it to join—and perhaps surpass—other countries as a strong, reliable consumer of U.S. scrap.” Si Wakesberg

1993-05

“ISRI would not be the organization it is today without our 24 chapters and the members who volunteer their time to help lead them.” Arnold Gachman

1993-06

OES and XRF metal analyzers are the technology of the day.

1994-01

1994-01

1994-02

1994-02

David “Cap” Grossman of Grossman Iron & Steel Co. becomes ISRI’s fourth president, serving from 1994 to 1996.

1994-03a

1994-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Terry Bradshaw and Herb Cohen are keynote speakers, with Jay Leno as the final-night entertainment.

1994-03b

1994-03b

Jay Leno

1994-04

Congress exempts scrap recyclers, small businesses, and charitable organizations from having to pay outstanding motor carrier undercharge claims.

1994-05

1994-05

Flow control proponents suffer a defeat when the U.S. Supreme Court rules 6-3 in C&A Carbone Inc. vs. Town of Clarkstown, N.Y., that Clarkstown’s flow control law interferes with interstate commerce and, thus, violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.

1994-06

“International economic factors are restraining the domestic recovery of most industrial commodities, leading recyclers to worry if the market situation will, or even can, improve in 1994.” Robert J. Garino

1994-07

1994-07

“As members, we have more direct control over the elements of effective plant safety programs than almost any other aspect of our businesses.” Cap Grossman

1995-01

1995-01

1995-02a

1995-02a

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas with the theme, “Catching the Winds of Change.” Dick Cheney and John Stoessinger are keynote speakers.

1995-02b

1995-02b

Dick Cheney

1995-03

ISRI asks the U.S. EPA to grant recyclable materials a conditional exclusion from the Subtitle C definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

1995-04

“Last year turned out better than expected for most in the scrap recycling business, with participants holding onto their chairs as commodity markets accelerated—in some cases too quickly for comfort. It looks like more of the same could be in store for this year.” Robert J. Garino

1995-05

1995-05

“Exactly how and when isn’t clear, but it’s a good bet that large-scale computer collection for recycling is coming.” Scrap Magazine

1995-06

The U.S. House and Senate introduce versions of the Superfund Recycling Equity Act. Both fail to pass.

1995-07

1995-07

Local and state governments are no longer required to use rubber-modified asphalt in federally funded highway projects under the newly passed National Highway System Designation Act.

1995-08

ISRI introduces its bilingual Working Safe and Smart newsletter.

1996-01

1996-01

1996-02

1996-02

Jim Fisher of Fisher Steel and Supply Co. becomes ISRI’s fifth president, serving from 1996 to 1998. “Pride in Our Industry” is the theme of his administration.

1996-03

1996-03

ISRI holds its annual convention in Orlando, Fla., with the theme, “Charting the Course.” Jack Kemp is the keynote speaker.

1996-04

1996-04

NASCO-OP changes its bylaws to allow ISRI members to buy products through the co-op without paying a separate co-op membership fee.

1996-05

1996-05

Scrap Processing and Recycling—ISRI’s bimonthly magazine–changes its name to Scrap.

1996-06

The 104th Congress adjourns in October without reauthorizing Superfund.

1996-07

“While the growing use of air bags is a safety boon for motorists, this trend presents potential hazards to auto recycling operations if any of the air bags from those millions of vehicles remain once the cars hit the scrap stream.” Scrap Magazine

1997-01

1997-01

1997-02a

1997-02a

ISRI’s 1997 convention—marking its 10th anniversary—is held at the Mirage in Las Vegas with the theme, “A Decade Committed to Pride in Our Industry.” President George H.W. Bush is the distinguished speaker, with James Carville and Mary Matalin as other keynotes and The Pointer Sisters as the closing entertainment.

1997-02b

1997-02b

James Carville

1997-02c

1997-02c

Mary Matalin

1997-03

1997-03

Robin K. Wiener, ISRI’s assistant counsel and director of environmental compliance, succeeds Herschel Cutler as ISRI’s executive director in June.

1997-04

1997-04

Philip Environmental Inc., Recycling Industries Inc., and Metal Management Inc. launch an unprecedented period of consolidation in the scrap industry.

1997-05

“The absolute essentials of a good safety program are management commitment, training, and employee involvement. Without these, a safety program won’t go anywhere.” Mike Mattia

1997-06

1997-06

The U.S. EPA exempts certain types of scrap metal from the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

1997-07

1997-07

America Recycles Day debuts Nov. 15.

1998-01

1998-01

1998-02

1998-02

Shelley Padnos of Louis Padnos Iron & Metal Co. becomes ISRI’s sixth president and the first woman to lead ISRI or its predecessor associations. “Power Through Professionalism” is the theme of her administration.

1998-03a

1998-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with the theme, “Gateway to a New Era.” Colin Powell and George Stephanopoulos are keynote speakers.

1998-03b

1998-03b

George Stephanopoulos

1998-04

1998-04

“Will the U.S. economy continue its winning streak? Will Europe’s economic recovery gain speed? And will Asia get over its financial flu? The uncertainty surrounding these questions is tempering optimism for the new year.” Robert J. Garino

1998-05

ISRI launches “Operation Breakout,” a new strategy to achieve Superfund reform by breaking out the ISRI-supported recycling language from the comprehensive Superfund reform legislation.

1999-01

1999-01

1999-02

1999-02

ISRI holds its annual convention in Orlando, Fla., with the theme, “Power Through Professionalism.” U.S. Sen. Bob Dole is the keynote speaker.

1999-03

“Among all the pressures that currently overwhelm our industry—from quality to financing to Superfund liability to the state of the markets— it’s up to each of us to ensure that safety doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.” Shelley Padnos

1999-04

Industry consolidators Recycling Industries and Philip Services file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and June, respectively.

1999-05

1999-05

ISRI organizes a legislative fly-in for members in October to seek more co-sponsors for the Superfund Recycling Equity Act.

1999-06

Two interpretive memos from the U.S. EPA threaten to shut down nearly all recycling of automotive shredder residue due to potential PCB contamination in the material.

1999-07

1999-07

President Bill Clinton signs the Superfund Recycling Equity Act into law Nov. 29 as part of the Senate omnibus budget bill. “Our [Superfund] victory isn’t the end of anything, but rather the beginning of everything,” ISRI President Shelley Padnos says.

2000-01

2000-01

2000-02

2000-02

Sam Hummelstein of Hummelstein Iron & Metal Inc. is elected ISRI chair, serving from 2000 to 2002.

2000-03

2000-03

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, with John Major, Robert Reich, and Doris Kearns Goodwin as distinguished speakers.

2000-03b

2000-03b

Robert Reich

2000-04

2000-04

ISRI organizes a “SuperFun” party at its winter board meeting in Miami Beach to celebrate the passage of the Superfund Recycling Equity Act.

2000-05

2000-05

Metal Management—the last of the big three consolidators—files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November.

2000-06

2000-06

China starts to emerge as a key scrap buyer in the international market.

2001-01

2001-01

2001-02a

2001-02a

ISRI holds its annual convention in San Antonio with the theme, “2001: A Scrap Odyssey.” Margaret Thatcher is the keynote speaker.

2001-02b

2001-02b

Margaret Thatcher

2001-03

ISRI begins offering online training courses through WebEx technology.

2001-04

2001-04

ISRI adopts a policy position calling for a nationwide recovery and collection program for mercury switches in automobiles that are to be recycled.

2001-05

The U.S. Senate passes a bill to make it easier for scrap recyclers to purchase and clean up abandoned or contaminated industrial properties—or “brownfields”—without fearing environmental liability related to the previous contamination.

2001-06

2001-06

The National Association of Scrap Tire Processors merges with ISRI. Mark Rannie becomes president of ISRI’s new Scrap Tire Processors Chapter, and Bill Vincent becomes chair of the Tire & Rubber Division.

2001-07

“The events of Sept. 11 will undoubtedly be part of the record of my administration. I hope that history will adequately recognize the sacrifices, the support, and the amazing ability of the human spirit to overcome that we witnessed from our members and staff. Our greatest tragedy became our finest hour.” Sam Hummelstein

2002-01

2002-01

2002-02

2002-02

Charles “Cricket” Williams of Charles Williams & Son becomes ISRI chair for the 2002 to 2004 term.

2002-03

2002-03

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Bellagio in Las Vegas with the theme, “Embracing Change.” Headline speakers include Bill Bradley.

2002-04

ISRI invests in a SmartNet Web-based training program.

2002-05

2002-05

ISRI forms the Electronics Recycling Council.

2002-06

2002-06

“Scrap markets were dealt a bad hand in 2001, but will 2002 be any better? The answer depends on the wild cards of supply and demand, consumer confidence, the worldwide recession, the war in Afghanistan, and more.” Robert J. Garino

2002-07

ISRI forms the Small Member Task Force to determine how it can be more responsive to smaller member companies.

2002-08

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a final rule creating a standard for protection against shifting and falling cargo.

2003-01

2003-01

2003-02a

2003-02a

ISRI holds its annual convention in Orlando, Fla., with the theme, “Exploring New Horizons.” Jim Lovell, Gene Kranz, and Al Franken are keynote speakers.

2003-02b

2003-02b

Jim Lovell

2003-02c

2003-02c

Gene Kranz

2003-02d

2003-02d

Al Franken

2003-03

The Paper Stock Industries Chapter gives its first Phil Alpert Memorial Award to Jonathan Gold of The Newark Group’s Recycled Fibers Division.

2003-04

2003-04

Freelance journalist Adam Minter writes the award-winning, three-part “Scrap in China” series for ISRI’s Scrap magazine.

2003-05

ISRI introduces the market-focused e-mail newsletters, The Monday Report and The Friday Report.

2003-06

2003-06

ISRI begins signing up members to participate in its SCRAP3 certification program, the first QEH&S management system standard designed specifically for recycling operations.

2003-07

ISRI initiates GRIP—the Grass Roots Implementation Program—to ensure members’ effectiveness in dealing with local and state issues.

2004-01

2004-01

2004-02

2004-02

Joel Denbo of Tennessee Valley Recycling is elected ISRI chair, serving from 2004 to 2006. “Building Better Businesses” is the theme of his administration.

2004-03a

2004-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas with the theme, “Imagine.” Ben Stein and Jim Axelrod are featured speakers.

2004-03b

2004-03b

Jim Axelrod

2004-04

“This year could bring boom times like the scrap industry hasn’t seen for 10 years. While China will be the main economic engine, some experts see synchronized growth around the world.” Robert J. Garino

2004-05

2004-05

Two copper/brass industry groups file a petition with the federal government to impose export controls on copper and copper-alloy scrap. In July, the government denies the groups’ petition.

2004-06

ISRI’s SCRAP3 certification program gains 62 charter company members representing more than 121 facilities.

2004-07

2004-07

ISRI begins offering on-site safety consulting to members through an outside consultant.

2004-08

ISRI holds its first Tire Recycling Business Summit in September in Rosemont, Ill.

2005-01

2005-01

2005-02a

2005-02a

ISRI holds its annual convention in New Orleans with the theme, “Generation.” Madeleine Albright is the keynote speaker.

2005-02b

2005-02b

Madeleine Albright

2005-03

ISRI launches its Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) Reasonable Care Compliance Program.

2005-04

2005-04

The ISRI National Safety Committee holds its first meeting in October. The association’s new Safety Pledge asks members to operate “Safely or Not at All.”

2005-05

2005-05

Eight ISRI members participate in the association’s first study mission to China. The eight-day trip focuses on China’s paper recycling industry.

2005-06

ISRI leads the effort to create a Recycling Caucus in the U.S. Senate, with co-chairs Sens. Olympia Snowe and Tom Carper. The association later helps form a Recycling Caucus in the U.S. House as well.

2005-07

ISRI offers an expanded 50-state legislative and regulatory monitoring program, enabling it—for the first time—to provide support for members in every state.

2006-01

2006-01

2006-02

2006-02

Frank Cozzi of Metal Management becomes ISRI chair, serving from 2006 to 2008. Quality, safety, and standards are the three priorities of his administration.

2006-03a

2006-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with the theme, “!mperatives.” Lawyer Alan Dershowitz and political satirist Mark Russell are featured speakers.

2006-03b

2006-03b

Mark Russell

2006-04

2006-04

ISRI gives its first Design for Recycling Award to Hewlett-Packard.

2006-05

2006-05

Scrap debuts its popular “One on One” interview series in the September/October issue, with Doug Kramer of Kramer Metals as the first interviewee.

2006-06

ISRI holds its first general legislative fly-in during its summer governance meeting, inviting members to visit their elected leaders in Washington, D.C.

2006-07

2006-07

The U.S. EPA and eight stakeholder groups, including ISRI, establish the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program to remove mercury-containing light switches from scrap vehicles before they are flattened, shredded, and melted.

2007-01

2007-01

2007-02

2007-02

ISRI holds its annual convention in New Orleans with the theme, “Momentum.” Tommy Franks and John Bolton are featured speakers.

2007-03

ISRI Chair Frank Cozzi appoints a task force to develop a plan for a long-term image campaign for the industry, promoting its positive economic, environmental, and social benefits.

2007-04

2007-04

Twenty-three members participate in ISRI’s second trade mission—to India—which focuses on that country’s ferrous and nonferrous metal markets.

2007-05

ISRI submits comments to the U.S. EPA on its Supplemental Proposed Rule on Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste.

2007-06

2007-06

“The U.S. and global economic juggernauts encountered serious headwinds in 2007 with the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, rising inflation concerns, higher energy costs, and other issues.” Robert J. Garino

2008-01

2008-01

2008-02

2008-02

George Adams of SA Recycling is elected ISRI chair for the 2008 to 2010 term.

2008-03

2008-03

ISRI holds its annual convention at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The event—with the theme “Nexxt”— marks ISRI’s 20th anniversary. Malcolm Gladwell is the keynote speaker.

2008-04

2008-04

Shipping ferrous scrap in containers grows in popularity thanks to higher ferrous scrap prices. “With containerization today, anybody and everybody is an exporter,” George Adams says.

2008-05

ISRI begins offering a new transportation safety program.

2008-06

2008-06

ISRI’s safety department introduces the first in a series of “Two-Minute Drill” driver-safety videos featuring “Dave,” a fictional scrapyard driver.

2008-07

2008-07

ISRI unveils its industry image campaign at the October board meeting in San Francisco.

2008-08

ISRI secures a provision in the federal financial rescue law that provides a 50-percent accelerated depreciation allowance in the first year for purchases of eligible recycling equipment.

2008-09

ISRI acquires the assets of the International Association of Electronics Recyclers.

2009-01

2009-01

2009-02

2009-02

ISRI holds its annual convention at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with the theme, “Change.” President Bill Clinton is the keynote speaker.

2009-03

ISRI unveils in January the theft notification system, ScrapTheftAlert.com.

2009-04

The U.S. EPA releases a new Multi-Sector General Permit, which regulates the discharge of stormwater in 29 industrial sectors and replaces the expired MSGP 2000.

2009-05

2009-05

Congress approves the Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS, to provide vouchers up to $5,000 to individuals who retire older, fuel-inefficient vehicles.

2009-06

Scrap recycling facilities that handle end-of-life vehicles must provide an inventory of all vehicles they obtained in the prior month to a federal database or ensure that their scrap suppliers did so, based on new regulations from the U.S. Department of Justice.

2009-07

ISRI adopts its first formal code of conduct for member companies.

2009-08

2009-08

Ocala Recycling becomes the first company certified to ISRI’s Recycling Industry Operating StandardTM, or RIOSTM (formerly SCRAP3).

2010-01

2010-01

2010-02

2010-02

John Sacco of Sierra Recycling & Demolition becomes ISRI chair for the 2010 to 2012 term.

2010-03a

2010-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention in San Diego with the theme, “Success.” Condoleezza Rice is the keynote speaker, and the event’s final-night party is on the USS Midway aircraft carrier.

2010-03b

2010-03b

The USS Midway aircraft carrier

2010-04

The Recycling Research Foundation begins offering a $5,000 graduate scholarship for an individual studying in a field beneficial to the scrap recycling industry.

2010-05

2010-05

ISRI and the National Recycling Coalition honor U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper with the “Recycling Works” award for his leadership on recycling.

2010-06

ISRI is the first official sponsor of the State Electronics Challenge, which seeks to encourage state, regional, and local governments; schools; and other public entities to responsibly recycle outdated and obsolete electronics.

2010-07

2010-07

Paper Stock Industries Chapter past presidents gather at the group’s final independently organized fall meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. (left to right): Jonathan Gold, Serge Storelli, Marty Davis, Nini Krever, Crawford Carpenter, Wayne DiCastri, George Chen, and Ben Harvey.

2010-08

“As the economy recovered and commodity prices boomed, 2010 turned out to be a much better year than expected for the U.S. scrap recycling industry.” Joe Pickard and Tom Crane

2011-01

2011-01

2011-02

2011-02

ISRI holds its annual convention in Los Angeles for the first time since 1989 with the theme, “Action!” Don Felder, former guitarist for the Eagles, is the final-night entertainment.

2011-03

2011-03

“Think of ISRI’s Superfund Recycling Equity Act program as a suit of armor that protects your company against future Superfund liability.” Robin Wiener

2011-04

In July, the U.S. EPA proposes changes to the regulatory standing of scrap metal under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. “Of all the regulations I’ve seen in my career, this proposed change is by far the most dangerous to our industry,” says ISRI Chair John Sacco. “This truly is the battle of our professional lives.”

2011-05

2011-05

ISRI and the National Recycling Coalition hold the second “Recycling Works” gala dinner in July, honoring U.S. Rep. John Shimkus for his support of recycling.

2011-06

ISRI releases the results of its first economic study from John Dunham & Associates. Among its highlights, the study notes that the recycling industry generates $90.6 billion in total economic activity annually.

2011-07

2011-07

ISRI begins working with The JASON Project to develop K-12 educational materials on scrap and the scrap recycling industry.

2011-08

The U.S. Senate approves S.R. 251, expressing support for recycling and recognizing the recycling industry’s tremendous contributions to the U.S. economy and environment.

2012-01

2012-01

2012-02

2012-02

Jerry Simms of Atlas Metal & Iron Corp. is elected ISRI chair for the 2012 to 2014 term.

2012-03

2012-03

ISRI holds its annual convention at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with the theme, “Be More.” President George W. Bush is the keynote speaker.

2012-04

ISRI approves a $750,000 stormwater sampling study to collect data to determine the capability of conventional stormwater treatment technology.

2012-05

ISRI sponsors a special workshop on recycling at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit.

2012-06

2012-06

“Safety is the most important issue for our industry.” Robin Wiener

2012-07

ISRI Chair Jerry Simms appoints a working group to take a fresh look at the materials theft issue to consider what ISRI can and should be doing to help members.

2012-08

2012-08

“Under the burden of a global economic slowdown, prices for many scrap commodities softened in 2012, making conditions more challenging for the U.S. scrap industry.” Joe Pickard and Tom Crane

2013-01

2013-01

2013-02

2013-02

ISRI holds its annual convention in Orlando, Fla, with Tom Brokaw, Haley Barbour, and Edward Rendell as keynote speakers.

2013-03

2013-03

ISRI introduces the Transportation Safety Awards program, with Bill Willis of Grossman Iron & Steel Co. winning the first Safe Driver of the Year Award. The program also bestows awards for safety excellence in truck fleets.

2013-04

The Recycling Research Foundation launches a new academic scholarship program for U.S. military veterans.

2013-05

The U.S. EPA issues a written clarification that existing law allows the separation and recycling of plastics from shredder aggregate.

2013-06

2013-06

ISRI and the Consumer Electronics Association launch the CRT Challenge seeking financially viable, environmentally conscious proposals for using recycled glass from cathode-ray-tube displays.

2013-07

The ISRI Plastics Council is elevated to the Plastics Division.

2013-08

2013-08

ISRI and JASON Learning initiate their first poster and video contest, inviting K-12 students to create an original work that encourages people to recycle their old cellphones.

2013-09

“Slower global growth, excess Chinese production capacity, the largest outflow from commodity investments since 2008, and other factors weighed down commodity prices and scrap industry profits in 2013.” Joe Pickard and Tom Crane

2014-01

2014-01

2014-02

2014-02

Doug Kramer of Kramer Metals becomes ISRI chair for the 2014 to 2016 term.

2014-03a

2014-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with Hillary Clinton and Steve Wozniak as keynote speakers.

2014-03b

2014-03b

Steve Wozniak

2014-04

ISRI’s new Law Enforcement Advisory Council holds its first meeting at the association’s winter board meeting in Washington, D.C.

2014-05

ISRI adds the Golden Wrench Award to its Transportation Safety Award program, recognizing the best heavy vehicle maintenance technicians or managers in the scrap industry.

2014-06

ISRI launches the StopMetalsTheft.org website to provide resources to help law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and recyclers combat metal theft.

2014-07

2014-07

ISRI organizes the recycling industry’s first Safety Stand-Down Day on Oct 15.

2014-08

ISRI helps secure passage of a federal cellphone unlocking bill that allows e-recyclers to unlock cellphones in bulk for repair or resale.

2014-09

2014-09

ISRI forms the Circle of Safety ExcellenceTM program in July. The program officially debuts with charter members in 2015.

2015-01

2015-01

2015-02a

2015-02a

ISRI holds its first annual convention outside the United States in Vancouver, British Columbia. Robert Gates and Stan Slap are the keynote speakers.

2015-02b

2015-02b

Robert Gates

2015-03

2015-03

The Paper Stock Industries Chapter holds a Specifications Summit to discuss issues regarding ISRI’s recovered paper specifications.

2015-04

ISRI funds a white paper examining the differences in quality and contamination levels between recyclables collected via single- and dual-stream separation and those collected in a one-bin system.

2015-05

2015-05

ISRI signs a formal two-year alliance with OSHA.

2015-06

U.S. EPA preserves the exemptions for certain types of scrap from the definition of solid waste under RCRA and its Subtitle C regulations.

2015-07

ISRI and JASON Learning launch school recycling curriculum pilot programs in Staten Island, N.Y.; Baltimore; and Kalamazoo, Mich.

2015-08

2015-08

ISRI launches a multipronged media campaign to counter erroneous reports on the purported health hazards of crumb rubber infill in synthetic turf athletic fields.

2016-01

2016-01

2016-02

2016-02

Mark Lewon of Utah Metal Works becomes ISRI chair for the 2016 to 2018 term.

2016-03a

2016-03a

ISRI holds its annual convention at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with Vikram Mansharamani as keynote speaker. The event offers an Upcycle Pavilion, which sells handmade recycled products from developing countries.

2016-03b

2016-03b

The Upcycle Pavilion

2016-04

“Several negative economic trends combined in 2015 to create some of the worst scrap market conditions in a generation. With many of those trends expected to continue into 2016, recyclers are scanning the horizon for opportunities to develop new markets, improve efficiency, and recapture margins.” Joe Pickard

2016-05

2016-05

ISRI launches the RecycledRubberFacts.org website to help tire and rubber recyclers address the public’s concerns about recycled rubber.

2016-06

ISRI encourages policymakers to end the U.S. Mint’s moratorium on buying mutilated U.S. coins, which scrap processors recover from shredded automobiles and used vending machines.

2016-07

2016-07

The new version of the Recycling Industry Operating StandardTM–RIOS:2016—makes its debut.

2017-01

2017-01

2017-02

Thank you for the memories in our first 30 years. Join us as we embark on the next 30 years of promoting and protecting the recycling industry.

2017-03

2017-03

And mark your calendar to attend next year’s ISRI convention and exposition April 14-19, 2018, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. See you there!