ISRI’s 2021 Spring Committee and Board of Directors Meetings kicked off virtually on Thursday, May 6. The meetings began with a series of committee meetings, with the opening Board meeting taking place on Monday, May 10. Most of the meetings are open and free for all ISRI members to attend. The meetings run through Friday, May 14. Here are some highlights from the first few days of meetings.

Thursday Meetings

The State Policy Subcommittee reviewed legislative proposals that ISRI is monitoring. Of note, Michigan and New Jersey are contemplating environmental justice measures. Several states including Maine and Oregon are looking into residential extended producer responsibility programs; ISRI is formulating its residential EPR policy with input from members. Many states are working to tighten penalties related to catalytic converter and materials theft. ISRI is seeking nominations from members for the Recycling Impact Award. For more information, contact Danielle Waterfield at

The Young Executive (YE) Council provided an overview of its Laying the Foundation for Long-Term Success through Cultivation, Mentorship, and Opportunity session during ISRI2021. The Council also announced its recently launched LinkedIn page, as well as other planned communications efforts in the coming months.  A plug for the Best Young & Brightest (BYAB) event, hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter, was also made. Registration for the event will open on May 17.

Monday Meetings

During the Board Meeting, a motion was passed to: “Provide an incentive to chapters  – taken from the ISRI Reserves – for each new member (not including members moving from the Scrap Tire chapter into a geographic chapter as a result of the Scrap Tire dissolution) brought into ISRI between November 3, 2020 through the last day of ISRI2022. Only 1 chapter will receive the incentive amount for each new member brought into ISRI, that chapter being the first chapter joined by the new member, or in default, the primary chapter as defined as the chapter covering the member’s headquarters within the bylaws.”

Several topics were discussed during the Safe Operations Committee meeting. ISRI has received member support to pursue a serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention program. The committee also asked all commodity divisions within the membership to bring potential EHS issues to the committee’s attention. ISRI’s Chief Scientist Dr. David Wagger discussed the 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit under environmental business, and also spoke on some aspects of environmental justice and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The Membership Committee noted it’s on pace to exceed many of its goals.  Through May, membership is 99.8 % to its renewal revenue goal with over six months left to go in the year; membership is 94.9% to its overall revenue goal; and membership is maintaining more than 88% of its renewal goal with other quarter renewals still to come.

The Women in Recycling (WIR) Council provided an overview of its Diversity in the Recycling Industry: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Ways to Improve session during ISRI2021. Several members of the council were acknowledged for participating in various sessions throughout the convention. A revised mission statement that more closely aligns with the council’s current goal was approved. An update on the Mentor Network was provided. The council expects to announce its mentor and mentee matches by the end of May.

The meetings will continue tomorrow. The full schedule can be viewed here.