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ISRI Releases 2017 Legislative Agenda

The agenda highlights its advocacy priorities and emphasizes six broad issue areas affecting the industry.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released its 2017 legislative agenda, which highlights its advocacy priorities and emphasizes six broad issue areas affecting the industry: Taxes & the Economy, International Trade, Energy and the Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Workplace Safety Initiatives and Regulatory Policy.

“The 2017 Legislative Agenda draws attention to the legislative priorities ISRI has been advocating for on behalf of its members for a number of years,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener in a statement. “With a new administration settling in, and much uncertainty in Washington as a whole, we wanted to make it clear where ISRI stood on issues that impact the recycling industry. The decisions made by congress and the administration, at the state-level and internationally, can have far-reaching ramifications on recyclers. It is important that our members know we are fighting on their behalf every day at every level of government.”

The new legislative agenda serves as one of the many ways in which ISRI promotes safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling, and it applies to policies and regulations at the state, national and international levels where applicable. In addition to those benefits, individual members of ISRI can use the agenda in their advocacy efforts, and policymakers can use it to learn more about key issues facing recycling.

“Recycling is an economic leader and job creator, positively contributing to the U.S. balance of trade,” said Wiener in a statement. “While it has proven to be remarkably durable throughout history, policies and regulations related to international trade, safety, transportation, taxes and other issues can have a far-reaching impact. It is important that as an industry we are proactive in protecting our interests.”

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