Our involvement allows us to learn and share best practices with our peers, as well as to develop and shape common sense policies that protect the environment while promoting sustainable business models. Our Director of Governmental & Public Affairs currently serves as national secretary and treasurer of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), and other employees hold leadership positions at national, regional, and local chapter levels.
We are an active member of a number of organizations and associations for the recycling and steel manufacturing industries. Schnitzer holds leadership roles in several of these organizations.
Chambers of Commerce
Involvement in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and local chambers of commerce is another important way for our locations to stay attuned to the needs of our communities. In addition to involvement at a federal level, Schnitzer is actively involved at state and local levels as well. This participation was particularly valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, our Director of Governmental & Public Affairs, who serves as President of the Everett, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, was the lead spokesperson for small business loan programs and helped guide the city’s reopening plans.
Schnitzer also engages with local port authorities and marine terminals on matters of local air quality and recycling efforts; energy usage and emissions; water and sediment quality; truck and rail transportation and logistics; and barge, container ship, and bulk cargo vessel transportation and logistics. Many port authorities and terminals that we work with, including the Port of Nanaimo, Port of Vancouver, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Kalaeloa Harbor, Port of Tacoma, Port of Oakland, Port Metro Vancouver, and ProvPort, have sustainability programs, initiatives, and master plans, and some have obtained Green Marine or similar certifications.