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
“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.