The first week of ISRI2021 was amazing. We’ve got an equally exciting week ahead, so let’s dive into what’s in store for Day Four of the virtual convention.

ISRI Members-Only Welcome Breakfast: Celebrating Members Over 20+ Years, 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. EDT

Open to all ISRI members, this breakfast will honor and recognize those who have been part of ISRI for more than 20 years. During this networking event, members with long tenures will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss what they’ve gotten out of their membership.

Diversity in the Recycling Industry: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Ways to Improve presented by the ISRI Women in Recycling Council, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Regardless of the industry, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). A multi-generational panel of recycling professionals will share their perspectives and insight on what the recycling industry has gotten right regarding DEI. Attendees will learn how to adapt and improve their own organizations’ DEI strategies and plans for the future. During this session, the ISRI Young Executive of the Year Award will be presented to Dan Garvin.

Get to Know RIOS®, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS®) is an integrated Quality, Environmental, Health, and Safety management system implementation and certification program to help recyclers meet the highest standard in each of the four areas. Learn how RIOS® can help improve your facility’s operations.

OSHA Update, 12:45 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. EDT

In this session, Ryan Nolte, ISRI’s director of safety outreach, will discuss new OSHA legislation, compliance directives, letters of interpretation, and enforcement trends under the Biden administration. Nolte will review where the agency focused its efforts in the past year and new directives moving forward. Stay tuned afterwards for a live Q&A with Nolte via Zoom from 1:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Volvo Sponsored Demo: Purpose Built: Specialized Machines and Services That Boost Profitability In Scrap and Recycling, 12:45 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. EDT

Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) will demonstrate its scrap and recycling machines, packages, and services. The company’s product experts will be available to discuss how to maximize efficiency on the job using its technologies and services.

Aluminum Spotlight: A Better Year for Aluminum Markets?, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT

Like other metal markets last year, the COVID-19 pandemic had massive implications for the aluminum and aluminum scrap industries. By the end of the session, attendees will recognize major challenges and opportunities, identify where aluminum scrap demand growth will come from, and understand the effects of regulatory changes and trade policy on the U.S. aluminum industry.

Meet & Greet with Executive Committee, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

In this meet and greet, attendees can share ideas on how to grow ISRI with ISRI Chair Gary Champlin and others on the Executive team. It’s also an opportunity to ask about benefits, and to learn about the value of getting involved in a leadership role with ISRI.

Get to Know ISRI’s Design for Recycling & Sustainability Initiatives, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

ISRI has long advocated for design for recycling initiatives, the concept of encouraging manufacturers to consider a product’s ultimate destiny during the design-stage of its development. In recent years, the organization expanded its efforts into other areas of sustainability that will help grow the recycling industry. Learn how these initiatives can benefit your company.

Afternoon Break/Desk Stretch/Chair Yoga, 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT

Breathe, relax, and take a break with a guided exercise of virtual yoga!

Nickel and Stainless Spotlight: Predicting the Unpredictable, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT

After a strong end to 2020 and start to 2021, there are as many questions as answers for stainless steel processors. Among these questions are the future of nickel prices, the outlook for further industry consolidation in Europe and North America, and the rising market share of producers in China and Indonesia. Panelists from the nickel, stainless steel, and stainless scrap industries will share their views on what recyclers should expect.

Youth Engagement: Educating Our Future on Recycling is Essential, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

For years, ISRI and JASON Learning have collaborated on a national campaign to help students and educators understand the importance of the recycling industry and the required Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills. Educators, ISRI members, and JASON Learning administrators, will discuss ways to engage school districts and build relationships within local communities centered on recycling is essential.

THE BIG REVEAL: Recyclability Protocol, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Be one of the first to learn about ISRI’s new Recyclability Protocol. Starting with fiber-based packaging, this one-of-a-kind venture will provide clarity of what products are or are not recyclable.

Get to Know the Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF), 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

RERF Board members will discuss the foundation’s mission including funding and scholarship opportunities. Learn how you can make a difference through recycling’s premier philanthropic foundation.

Advanced Processing Technologies, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

The same technology that helps streamline our daily activities can be leveraged to make recycling more efficient with cleaner material streams. This session examines current and future technologies that can help recyclers increase productivity while generating easily recycled material streams.

Couch Concert by Brett James, Sponsored by: Visit Nashville, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy an evening with Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter, Brett James. James has written for music artists including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw. Visit Nashville, the site for the ISRI 2023 convention, is sponsoring this evening’s entertainment.

The Exhibit HallPuppy Cam, and the Virtual Photo Booth are open all day from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT. Visit and engage with exhibitors throughout the day, and have fun with the Puppy Cam and Virtual Photo Booth during down time. The 2021 RERF Silent Auction is open 24 hours. Bidding and checkout are conveniently handled on your mobile device or computer. The auction ends Friday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Text “RERF2021” to 243725 or visit to register and begin bidding.

It’s not too late to register for ISRI2021. If you haven’t done so already, register here.