MRF Summit

A Common Language for Recyclable Materials—ISRI Scrap Specifications (1 CEU)

Wednesday, August 22
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Delta B

Moderator: Leonard Zeid, Director of Marketing, Midland Davis Corporation

Stakeholders in the recycling chain have their own perspectives on the definition of recycling. When is a product considered recycled? Should product transformation (engineered fuels) or diverted use be considered recycling? How are these words used in various regions and at various points in the chain? When is a product considered recyclable? The answer lies in a common language. For more than 100 years, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. has maintained a specifications circular for metals, paper, plastics, glass, electronics, tires/rubber and other recyclable materials. These guidelines have long served as a common language for the purchase and sale of recycled material all over the world. Recently, ISRI has been working with other institutions to create similar guidelines for inbound curbside recyclables at MRFs. Learn more about ISRI’s work and how it can improve the quality and profitability of your product.


Randy Goodman, Executive Vice President, Greenland America

Randy Goodman

Biography forthcoming.

Joseph Pickard, Chief Economist/Director of Commodities, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

Joseph Pickard

Biography forthcoming.

Lisa Skumatz, Principal, SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc.

Lisa Skumatz

Lisa Skumatz is an economist with 36 years in solid waste research. She has conducted solid waste program and policy research around the nation, and published more than 100 articles on trash, recycling, organics, and reduction strategies. Ms. Skumatz is known for her quantitative analysis expertise and she focuses on research that helps inform program decision-making by communities, states, and haulers. Ms. Skumatz has spoken at more than 100 conferences, and keynoted at conferences in both the U.S. and internationally.

Michael Arcieri, Sales Manager, Ekman Recycling

Michael Arcieri

Michael Arcieri is Sales Manager for Ekman Recycling. In this role he has the unique opportunity to travel, meet and engage with people from around the world to connect buyers and sellers of recovered materials. Mr. Arcieri oversees the buying out of NY/NJ Metropolitan markets and all sales into South and Central America. Mr. Arcieri is very active in the industry. He previously served as a board member of Paper Stock Industries (PSI) and currently serves on the board of the New Jersey Paper Recycling Association (NJPRA). He has also co-chaired the Curbside Recycling Guidelines and Specifications Committee for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, as well as the Municipal Guidelines Committee in New Jersey. He enjoys speaking at many industry events throughout each year. Mr. Arcieri joined Ekman in 2013. Prior to joining Ekman, he was a fiber trader for GP Harmon Recycling, a Georgia-Pacific company. Mr. Arcieri is a graduate of the University of Vermont and resides in New Jersey.

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