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ISRI’s board of directors approves changes to the group’s division structure

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) board of directors made two significant changes to the organization’s governance: the creation of a new plastics division within the association and a change in the bylaws to allow members to join multiple commodity divisions. These changes were made to reflect the nature of today’s recycling industry.

Prior to becoming a division, ISRI members concentrating on plastics recycling worked through an ad hoc plastics council. By elevating the group to division status, ISRI has created a formal infrastructure which allows the association to develop tools and materials for plastics recyclers. In addition, plastics recyclers will be represented with three seats on ISRI’s board.

“The plastics recycling sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the recycling industry, presenting a great opportunity for the newly created Plastics Division to mitigate some of the barriers to recover plastics while offering visibility into the global supply chain,” said Jonathan L. Cohen, president of Generated Materials Recovery and chair of ISRI’s Plastics Division.

The other major change, permitting ISRI members to join multiple divisions, was made as more and more companies are handling multiple commodity streams and have a vested interest in the policy development, resources, and programming of more than one division.