ISRI Promotes Recycling to State Legislators
ISRI and its members, including several from the PSI Chapter, showcased the recycling industry’s economic contributions for more than 2,300 state policymakers in Nashville during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit in early August. In addition to hosting a booth in the event’s exhibit hall, ISRI sponsored the summit’s exhibit hall luncheon, with members displaying scrap commodities in the hall and providing information to show legislators the recycling industry’s varied facets.
Thanks to the record attendance at the Nashville summit this year, thousands of state legislators and their staff received ISRI’s message that “Recyclers Power America.” The ISRI booth and commodity displays highlighted how the recycling industry conserves resources while creating jobs and supporting economic growth. ISRI members also sat with legislators during lunch to forge connections and reinforce the message that recycling is a $110 billion industry that creates more than 500,000 jobs.
Numerous first-time attendees from ISRI member companies joined the ranks as volunteers this year and found the NCSL summit to be an engaging experience. More than 60 ISRI members, all wearing blue ISRI safety vests, came to the luncheon and talked about their jobs and industry.
ISRI Southeast Chapter—host chapter of the event—made sure legislators walked away with a positive impression of the recycling industry. Life-size displays represented every commodity within ISRI, and representatives from local ISRI member companies stood ready to answer any questions. To add a touch of Nashville charm, the Southeast Chapter hired a guitarist to play during the lunch and displayed several pieces of scrap art to show how scrap also can be beautiful.
NCSL will hold its 2020 Legislative Summit Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis. For more information on ISRI’s plans at that event, contact Danielle Waterfield, ISRI’s assistant general counsel and senior director of government relations, 202-662-8516 or email@example.com.
NCSL photos courtesy of Scrap Magazine/Megan Quinn. Write-up content courtesy of Danielle Waterfield.