2017 Silent Auction
The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization (FIN 52-1332690) closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI).
The 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.”
Over the last 15 years, the Foundation has fulfilled this mission in two primary areas; the offering of scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students, and the funding of research beneficial to the industry. Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in scholarships to more than 900 students. Since 2010, RRF has been sponsoring a special graduate scholarship open to those working in fields that may directly benefit the industry and starting in 2013, the Foundation started a special 4-year, $8,000 stipend to former enlisted personnel.
In research over the last few years, the Foundation has funded a detailed study of the U.S. scrap electronics industry, Inside the U.S. Electronics Recycling Industry, one of the first studies to report on the exports of used electronics and a study on tire fibers, Market Study for Organic Fibers from the Scrap Tire Recycling Process. In addition to, the Foundation has also worked with rubber recyclers to create a uniform ASTM standard in playground mulch.
Each year the Foundation holds a silent auction in conjunction with ISRI’s annual convention and exposition as the primary way of raising money to continue its mission. Contributions to RRF are tax deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, as are winning bids provided the amount paid is above the fair market value of the item.