As the first week of ISRI2021 comes to a close, here’s a preview of the Day Three of ISRI2021.

State of the Industry: Economic Outlook and Impact Study with Presentation of the ISRI Design for Recycling Award, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

During the State of the Industry session, economic forecasters will discuss a variety of topics. Attendees will also get access to advanced results of the 2021 U.S. Scrap Industry Economic Impact Study prepared by John Dunham & Associates. ISRI will present its annual ISRI Design for Recycling® Award during this session.

Get to Know Scrap Theft Alert, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Brady Mills, ISRI’s director of law enforcement, will discuss some of the key features of Scrap Theft Alert, and talk about ways companies can work proactively with local law enforcement.

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

Caterpillar’s industry experts will be on hand to discuss the company’s CAT® Material Handlers, which are known for offering reliable/trusted/consistent performance for recycling and scrap applications. They are also known for providing the safety and reliability needed for the toughest applications.

ISRI Century Club Presents: Leading through Change – The Family Business, 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

With a combined 100-plus years of service in ISRI and the industry, three ISRI Century Club members will discuss how they navigated multiple challenges throughout their career. You will gain knowledge that could help you and your business prepare for the future.

Questions Senior Leaders Should Be Asking About SIF Prevention in Their Organizations, 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Attendees will learn how to challenge the long-held practice of concentrating on minor incidents and hoping for a trickle-up effect. You will also be able to ask the necessary questions to examine your organization’s improvement strategy, while fully understanding why and how safety improvement works.

Paper Spotlight, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT

The paper industry has undergone many changes over the last year. This session will identify the effects of these changes and determine opportunities for the pulp and paper industry.

Get to Know SREA, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

ISRI’s Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) Compliance Program is a benefit that helps recyclers with defense of a Superfund liability claim by showing they took reasonable care. This session will offer you an opportunity to learn more about SREA from ISRI staff and volunteers.

Meet & Greet with ISRI Safety Team, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Take some time to chat with ISRI’s Safety Team about ISRI’s safety training opportunities and ask questions you may have encountered at your facility.

Plastics Spotlight, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT

Major pressures continue to influence plastic recycler operations. This session will break down and address these pressures and their effects on plastic recyclers.

SciAps Sponsored Demo: Best Tool for the Job. Sorting Aluminum Alloys and High Temps with Laser and X-ray Guns, 2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. EDT

SciAps will showcase its X-ray and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy gun, and demonstrate which is best for your specific alloy sorting needs. The demo will provide a greater understanding of available sorting technologies.

Catalytic Converter Theft: Prevention and Enforcement Efforts, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Theft of catalytic converters across the country and internationally has reached epidemic proportions as the value of precious metals continues to increase. This session will provide a perspective on the work being done to prevent catalytic converter theft and the enforcement of current laws.

Laying the Foundation for Long-Term Success through Cultivation, Mentorship, and Opportunity, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

The growth and longevity of a company’s success is dependent on strong leadership and building a strong workforce. Panelists will share their pivot into the recycling industry (family and nonfamily ties), and offer their perspectives on the importance of talent acquisition, cultivation, and mentorship.

Afternoon Break Desk Stretch/Chair Yoga, 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EDT

Breathe, relax, and take a break with a guided exercise of virtual yoga!

Get to Know: Compensation & Benefits Survey Results, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

ISRI conducted a survey of members to provide data on more than 80 different job codes for both salaried and hourly workers. Tune in to learn more about how your company can best use this data.

Policy + Community Engagement = Business Value, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Getting involved in the local community and with the policymakers whose decisions impact business are key for companies looking to stand out. Civic engagement and making a difference in the community translate into business success. During this session, ISRI Chair Gary Champlin will sit down with Kansas state Sen. Elaine Bowers for an open discussion about the importance of community engagement.

BarNone Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT

Grab your drink and bring your best bar trivia knowledge for an evening of networking and fun! Attendees are invited to participate in an hour-long game that will test your general knowledge on varying categories. Pre-registration is required; attendees will be allowed to select their own teams. Additional details will be sent via email. Prizes will be award to the winning team! May the best team win.

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The Exhibit Hall, Puppy Cam and the Virtual Photo Booth are open all day from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT. Visit and engage with exhibitors during the day, and have a little fun with the Puppy Cam and Virtual Photo Booth when you have some down time. Also, the 2021 Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF) Silent Auction is open 24 hours. All bidding and checkout will be conveniently handled on your mobile device or computer. The auction ends on Friday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Text “RERF2021” to 243725 or visit to register and to begin bidding.

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