There was an all-day trade show and lobbyist training, fishing, skeet shooting — even a haunted ghost tour. But the overshadowing takeaway from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Southeast Chapter Fall Convention was this: the critical need to raise awareness about the positive economic and environmental impact of the scrap recycling industry, which generates more than $105 billion annually in U.S.
The scrap recycling industry creates and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and generates billions in revenue for our federal government and state and local governments across the country. (Read more in ISRI’s economic impact study.)
During the convention, which took place in Savannah, GA, and attracted a crowd of around 250 recycling professionals, chapter board members challenged members to get involved and get the most out of their ISRI membership.
John Bianculli’s report on government relations emphasized the need for members to take full advantage of ISRI’s advocacy resources. He highlighted how effective it was to speak with state lobbyists at the lobbyist training workshop during the convention and encouraged others to do the same. ISRI’s Congressional Fly-In campaign is the perfect opportunity to meet with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. and advocate for the recycling industry. Each chapter is invited to arrange its own fly-in during the year. Lend your voice for the industry — ISRI will even help prepare you for this advocacy role! Learn more and sign up.
Get the Word Out
Mark Fredrickson’s report on communications shared the need for more outreach efforts. He discussed using surveys and email marketing campaigns in order to effectively reach out to individuals and encourage them to join or stay with ISRI.
Steve Noack’s report on membership revealed a retention rate of nearly 83% for the chapter in 2016. With total membership of 213 members, the Southeast Chapter has the highest number of members nationally. While this is encouraging, there is still work to be done to keep membership growing.
Our own Trevor Fisher was on hand at the show and pleased to connect with members and customers, like Steve Siegel of Spartan Recycling Group, a local owner and national leader with a long family history in the scrap metal industry.
The day was full and the message was clear: take action and tell others. To learn more, visit ISRI Advocacy.
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