Are you ready for the first day of ISRI2021? So are we! We’ve got an amazing schedule, so here’s a breakdown of what to expect throughout the day.

ISRI Members-Only Welcome Breakfast Featuring ISRI’s Newest Members, 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. EDT

The day will kick off with the ISRI2021 Welcome Breakfast, an opportunity exclusively for members to virtually network with peers and build relationships over a cup of coffee or breakfast.

State of the Association and Keynote featuring José Andrés, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

ISRI Convention Chair Stephen Moss will provide the welcoming address. ISRI Chair Gary Champlin will provide the State of the Association address. The ISRI Safety Awards will also be presented. World renowned chef José Andrés will give the keynote address. Andrés will discuss why a culture of innovation and creativity not only leads to personal and organizational success, but also a better tomorrow for all.

CAT® Sponsored Demo: Improve Your Performance with CAT® Material Handlers, 12:45 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. EDT

During this sponsored demo, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry experts from Caterpillar to learn how the latest models of the company’s CAT Material Handlers can improve their performance.

R2v3 from a Recycler’s Perspective, 12:45 pm – 1:30 p.m. EDT

The R2 standard has successfully raised the bar for best practices in responsible electronics recycling for more than a decade. The latest version of that standard, R2v3, will challenge recyclers to take it to a new level to be certified. Panelists who were involved in the revised standard will discuss it and provide insight into the changes needed for certification.

Ferrous Spotlight: Ferrous Markets To Stay in Full Swing?, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT

North American ferrous markets surged at the beginning of 2021. Thanks to improved manufacturing output and depleted inventories, steel and ferrous scrap prices soared. A panel of experts will discuss the key factors driving the ferrous scrap and steel markets in 2021 and beyond.

Meet & Greet with Robin Wiener, ISRI’s CEO & President, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

This meet and greet will give attendees the chance to directly interact with ISRI President Robin Wiener and hear about the work the association is doing on behalf of the industry.

Recycling in the 117th Congress, 2:45pm – 3:05 p.m. EDT

The recycling industry anticipates 2021 being a pivotal year for the industry thanks to a new Congress focused on climate and other social and environmental issues. During this session, our new House Recycling Caucus co-chairs and our existing House and Senate co-chairs will outline their goals for the next two years and more.

TOMRA Sponsored Demo: Metal Sorting Without Compromise, 2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. EDT

TOMRA’s experts will share insights into the latest developments in the metal recycling industry and highlight how sensor-based sorting technology can turn material into valuable profit.

Five Fundamentals for Fire Safety and Prevention in the Recycling Industries, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

In this session, Kenn Kunze of IC Fire Prevention LLC will discuss five critical components of fire safety. Attendees will learn how to create an effective fire prevention and emergency action plan, understand pile management, integrate employee engagement at their facilities, recognize how addressing the details can prevent major issues, and identify who is really responsible for fire safety at their facilities.

Sea Logistics: Unprecedented Current Conditions and an Uncertain Future, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Sea Logistics is experiencing unprecedented operating and rate conditions across the globe with unreliable ships, port congestion, asset shortages, extended transit times, and significantly disrupted supply chains. This session will seek to provide an answer to several big questions surrounding sea logistics and supply chains including: how do you effectively operate in this environment; what will the future be like; and have we reached a “new” normal?

THE BIG REVEAL: ISRI’s Fire Safety & Prevention Guidance Manual & Hazard Recognition Education & Training Materials Safety Recognition, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

ISRI members will have the opportunity to meet with ISRI Vice President of Safety Tony Smith and learn about the latest safety training materials available with their membership. Attendees can receive a copy of ISRI’s Fire Safety & Prevention Guidance Manual and learn more about our Hazard Recognition training.

Link-Belt Sponsored Demo: Link-Belt X4 Series Material Handlers, 4:15 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. EDT

Attendees of this demonstration will learn how LBX Company’s Link-Belt X4 Series Material Handlers provide the power and reliability for demanding material handling applications.

The Risk Investment: Understanding and Controlling for Your Company’s Greatest Unknowns, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attendees will learn and apply steps to proactively manage risks to avoid adversity, and hopefully make money along the way.

What Can We Gain from Being Local and Vocal, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Recycling creates jobs in communities, clears neighborhoods of goods and materials no longer wanted, and returns commodities back into productive use. Experts and ISRI members will discuss issues on engaging communities to promote sustainability and environmental justice, and how to effectively tell stories locally and vocally.

Meet & Greet with ISRI Scrap News Team, 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Take some time to meet the writers and editors of Scrap News to pitch story ideas, learn about ways to promote employees and work your company does in the community, and how to receive the latest industry news.

The Exhibit Hall, the Puppy Cam, and the Virtual Photo Booth will be open all day from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT, so be sure to visit and engage with our exhibitors, and have a little fun with the Puppy Cam and Virtual Photo Booth when you have some down time.


It’s not too late to register for ISRI2021. If you haven’t done so already, register here.