In the US, state legislators are officially recognizing the importance of the recycling industry in their communities. Most recently, following the advocacy efforts of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and its chapters, the states of Massachusetts, Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, and Tennessee acknowledged the essential benefits of the recycling industry through the passage of essential economic contribution resolutions.
ISRI Chief Policy Officer Danielle Waterfield said:
“From the supply of materials transformed into critical tools aiding in the fight against COVID-19 to the vehicles we own, the highways we drive them on, the buildings we live and work in, and beyond, the recycling industry is essential in every way.” She added: “ISRI is proud of the work of our members in advocating on behalf of all recyclers, and we are pleased that these resolutions demonstrate that states are recognizing the essential nature of recycling and what recycling workers do on an everyday basis.”
The resolutions reference recycling’s role as the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, providing critically essential resources in the fight against COVID-19, and in keeping the states’ manufacturing industries supplied while preventing valuable raw materials from entering landfills.
Massachusetts became the first state to commend ISRI and its members in a resolution the state passed on January 5. Passed by the House of Representatives, the resolution commends ISRI and its members for “maintaining the economic viability of the supply chain for Massachusetts manufacturers and their employees.”
Alabama’s resolution commends ISRI, the Scrap Recyclers Association of Alabama, and the organizations’ members for their roles in maintaining the economic viability of Alabama’s supply chain for manufacturers and for manufacturing employees. The resolution acknowledges the recycling industry’s function in recovering and processing raw materials used in needed products like toilet paper, respirators, new automobiles, packaging for food and beverages, infrastructure projects, and more.
The Georgia resolution recognizes ISRI, the Georgia Recyclers Association, and the Georgia Recycling Coalition, and their employees as an essential part of the supply chain process needed for manufacturing and commending them for their economic contributions to Georgia; and for other purposes.
Indiana’s resolution specifically commends the Indiana Chapter of ISRI for their COVID response. It also acknowledges that as a leading manufacturer, the state would not have access to “their needed raw materials without the collection, processing, and manufacturing of recyclable and recovered materials into raw materials by Indiana’s recycling industry.”
Tennessee honors the “Tennessee recycling industry and its many businesses and employees on continuing their necessary work in the production and manufacture of goods and products in Tennessee and throughout the world,” in its resolution.
“ISRI members in other states are also working with their representatives to get similar resolutions passed,” continued Waterfield. “We hope that these resolutions, and the acknowledgement of recycling as essential to manufacturing, the economy, environment, and beyond set a precedent for years to come.”
About the ISRI
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the “Voice of the Recycling Industry™.” ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.