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

Randy Goodman has been involved in the national leadership of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) for the last 16 years. Before that, he was active in both the Southeast Chapter of ISRI and the Georgia Association of Recycling Industries. Mr. Goodman has over 28 years of experience in the scrap recycling industry. He began his career at Central Metals (Recycling Industries) for 11 years beginning in 1989. He then worked for Hugo Neu Schnitzer (joint ventures) from 2001 through 2006, heading up their Nonferrous program. From 2006 to 2011 Mr. Goodman headed up the export sales for Carolinas Recycling Group (OmniSource Southeast). In 2011, he began working with Freedom Metals in a leadership role that included overseeing all nonferrous sales as well as serving as General Manager of their main yard in Louisville, Kentucky. Then in 2015, for what he is confident is his last move, Mr. Goodman joined forces with Greenland America, Inc. to enable him to use his years of export experience while working with friends in the industry to provide them with competitive pricing for the best logistics and documentation team in the business.

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

Joseph Pickard

Joseph Pickard serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Commodities at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. where he conducts research and analysis on commodity and scrap market developments and the key economic role that recycling plays in the United States and abroad. Mr. Pickard regularly provides information and insights on primary and recycled iron and steel, nonferrous metal, paper, plastics and electronics markets to the 1,300 ISRI member companies as well as to industry associations, policymakers, the press and the general public. As a current member of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee and Industry Trade Advisory Committee No. 5, he serves as an advisor on scrap-related trade issues to the Commerce Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Pickard previously served as the economist for The International Copper Study Group in Lisbon, Portugal and as a research analyst at Slayton & Associates in Alexandria, Virginia. He previously worked at nonprofit organizations including the Urban Institute and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Mr. Pickard holds a master’s degree in Economics from Virginia Tech, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland, and also studied at George Mason University and K.U. Leuven in Belgium.

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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