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JULY 2006


Congressional Recycling Caucuses formed to promote recycling

Washington, DC— With the official formation of the Senate Recycling Caucus, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) has seen success in an effort the association has worked on for nearly two years.

In June, co-chairs Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, and Thomas R. Carper, D-Delaware, circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to fellow Senators inviting them to join the newly-formed Senate Recycling Caucus. The letter promoted concepts identical to the primary objectives of ISRI’s Government Relations efforts: improving the quality and quantity of recyclable materials, developing new markets for recycled products, Design for Recycling®, and capitalizing on the energy savings achieved through the use of recycled materials.

“Earlier this year, ISRI celebrated the successful creation of the House Recycling Caucus. With the distribution of this letter in the Senate, we can now celebrate success throughout Congress,” said ISRI president Robin Wiener.

The House Recycling Caucus, which was formed earlier this year at the urging of ISRI, is co-chaired by Rep. Paul Gillmor, R-Ohio, and Rep. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey. ISRI first began conversations about the creation of the caucus with Rep. Pallone in 2004.

ISRI will hold a congressional fly-in bringing members to Washington to meet with their Senators and Representatives to urge them to join their respective recycling caucuses. The fly-in coincides with ISRI’s quarterly Leadership Meetings being held in Washington.

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