ISRI has planned  a comprehensive and far reaching look at issues that impact the plastics, paper and residential recycling industries though its Residential Recycling Summit. Throughout this series of workshops ISRI will bring together all segments of the value chain – recyclers, material recovery facilities, brand owners, municipalities, and other stakeholders to discuss solutions to the challenges society is currently experiencing with curbside recycling.   This track of programming will focus on issues such as new markets for recovered fiber, innovations in consumer packaging, sustainability issues and Municipal/MRF contracting best practices.  In addition to this program, the Convention will feature programming that will  discuss how recycled products are replacing virgin feedstocks,  and innovative solutions to common recycling challenges.  All-in-all this Convention will have a comprehensive array of programming to answer any question you may have about the paper, plastic or residential recycling industries.  

Government rate registration is available only to municipal, county, state, or federal employees and to active duty military personnel.  Government employees wishing to attend only the residential recycling programs at ISRI2019 can register for that portion of the program for $175 if registered by April 5, or $200 if registering on site in Los Angeles!  Participants are allowed entry into the ISRI Residential Recycling Programs on Wed., Apr. 10 and Thurs., April 11, including lunch in the ISRI Exhibit Hall on Wed. and breakfast and lunch on Thurs. Badges are not transferrable.  For more information, email  

April 10, 2019

9:30 to 11:00 AM
Curbing Recycling Contamination with The Recycling Partnership
Led by experts from the Recycling Partnership, this interactive, fun and engaging 90 minute workshop will cover the operational and educational facets of fighting contamination, including how to implement a cart-tagging program and conducting a targeted prohibited material campaign. Workshop participants will gain access to tactics for creative approaches to messaging, budgeting, and best management practices for social media and in-person engagement.

Come to this workshop to connect with communities and MRF operators and connect two critical pieces of the recycling value chain, all to make sure the right materials are put in the curbside cart and sorted out at the MRF to support the circular economy.

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Contracting Challenges: Providing  Best Practices For MRFs and Municipalities
One of the biggest factors that can lead to the success of a curbside collection program is a strong, but fair contract between the operator of the MRF and the municipality that oversees the program.  When the two work together as partners and not adversaries, everybody wins.  Contracts that incorporate allowance for price fluctuations, long-term stability for the operator and the ability to incorporate new materials without damaging the existing stream are just some of the features these contracts should contain.  In this session, you’ll hear the municipal and the operator point of view and what each is looking for when they sit at the negotiating table.  This session will go over “best practices” and review the elements that make up contracts that lead to long term success.  Finally, it will give attendees an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on their programs and discuss what works and what doesn’t.  Come to this session and learn how these programs work and what it takes to make a successful curbside collection program.

2:15 to 3:45 PM
Spotlight on Paper: The Impact of E-commerce on Residential Recycling Programs
While three-quarters of corrugated boxes are recovered from commercial and industrial generators, only 35-40% of boxes delivered to single-family residences are recycled. Clearly there is considerable scope to improve OCC recovery on the residential side, and, at the same time, MRF operations and mill procurement practices may need to evolve to accommodate the changing source of OCC.

Existing data on e-commerce and the shift of corrugated packaging to households is reviewed along with key findings from a national survey of recycling households. Measures such as the frequency of online shopping, location of consumer deliveries (home, office, other), perceptions of OCC requirements in recycling programs, and frequency of using curbside recycling for OCC provide insight into the potential for expanding residential OCC recovery and changes needed in local recycling programs.

The second half of the presentation deals with the implications of the growing volume of smaller, residential e-commerce boxes for equipment and processing at the MRF. In closing, options for paperboard mills to consider in order to accommodate greater use of residential, e-commerce OCC are outlined.

4:00 to 5:15 PM
Spotlight on Plastic: Tackling the Plastic Pollution Problem
Plastics recycling has the potential to be a strong force for good by ensuring that when the materials we use every day reach their end of life they are turned into feedstocks for new products.  Unfortunately, the reality is that only a small percentage of that is recycled – about 5 million tons of post-consumer and post-commercial material in 2016.  Unfortunately, some plastic enters our waterways, rivers and lakes causing environmental damage.  As recyclers, the industry has a unique opportunity to ensure more plastic is recycled and reduces the incidences of marine debris.  In this session, you’ll hear from leaders across the value chain – recyclers, brand owners, municipalities and others who will discuss how they are taking on this challenge and fulfilling recycling’s promise of being an agent of change and reducing the environmental impact that the products we use have on the natural world.

April 11, 2019

8:00 to 9:30 AM
A Call to Action: How Recycling Can Reduce the Environmental Impact of Man Made Materials
Since the Industrial Revolution, man has developed technology that has improved the lives of humanity for the better.  However, the downside of this technology has taken a toll on the natural environment – rising sea levels, plastics in our oceans and reductions of natural habitats are just a few of problems we must now confront.  In this important and thought-provoking session, you’ll hear from leaders from the business and non-profit sectors who will discuss how their sustainability efforts use recycling as a strategy to mitigate these impacts.  These leaders will discuss how you can use these strategies in your community and show how recycling can be a positive agent for change.

9:45 to 11:00 AM
Increasing Recycling Through Packaging Innovation
Packaging is constantly going through changes and innovations to make consumer products perform more efficiently, productively and as intended.  To reach this promise, packaging designers are constantly changing their designs, using new materials, or changing the look, feel and visual appearance of the product.  Over the past several years the recycling industry has worked with many product manufacturers to keep recycling front and center in their design decisions.  In this session, you’ll hear from product designers who incorporate recycling principles into their designs and the challenges they face when attempting to do so.

2:15 to 3:30 PM
Breakouts: Continuing the Conversation
In August of 2018, ISRI teamed up with the Solid Waste Association of North America to hold the first ever “MRF Summit” that brought stakeholders from across the residential recycling value chain to discuss the challenges and opportunities residential recyclers now face.  In this breakout session, we continue that conversation, hearing the progress that has been made since that meeting and where we go from here.  This session is meant to be interactive – attendees will form small groups to hold their own conversations on what they see are the challenges and the solutions to fix them.  At the end of the session, each group will be given an opportunity to report out to the full group.  These ideas will then be used by ISRI staff to develop tools and other materials to help you overcome these obstacles.