April 3, 2024

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Washington, D.C. – ISRI, the Voice of the Recycled Materials Industry™, launched an online timeline featuring historic milestones from the recycled materials industry, as well as memorable moments from across the organization’s more than 30 years. Visit https://history.isri.org/  to see how recycling got its start in the U.S., and how the organization now known as ISRI was created and has seen so many successes over the decades. There are interviews, videos and museum-grade images that tell the story of the recycled materials industry. 

The timeline is part of a celebration of ISRI’s history as it prepares to rebrand on April 18 during ISRI2024 in Las Vegas. Members and stakeholders are also encouraged to share their memories of ISRI and various events over the years at a digital mosaic – upload photos and look at memories shared by others.  

Now at nearly 1,700 members, ISRI was formed in 1987 when the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel merged with the National Association of Recycling Industries. The association has a tremendously loyal membership with roughly 800 companies having been ISRI members for more than 20 years.

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