About Us

The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization associated with Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

In 1967, the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel, an ISRI predecessor association, founded a scrap research founda tion that would explore new preparation methods and quality improvement in the recycling industry. In 1991, the Foundation took its first major step to expand its mission beyond research by creating a tax-exempt scholarship account for ISRI regional chapters with scholarship programs.

Today, the Recycling Education and Research Foundation has funded valuable industry research and has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to more than 1,200 students across the country.

By funding research and providing academic scholarships, the Foundation continues to raise the profile of the recycling industry.

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Our Mission

The Recycling Education and Research Foundation’s core mission is to sponsor projects that promote public awareness, education, research, and the advancement of recycling.

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Foundation Executive Director

Emma Corning, RERF Executive Director

Emma Corning

Executive Director

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Board of Directors

The Recycling Education and Research Foundation’s board is comprised of 11 individuals representing commodity processors, consumers, and equipment service providers in the industry.

Kevin Lamar

Kevin Lamar

Chair

Dynamic Metal Services
Cleveland, OH

Paul Brenner

Paul Brenner

Vice Chair

Brenner Recycling
Hazleton, PA

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Treasurer

BENLEE
Romulus, MI

Sean Daoud

Sean Daoud

PNW Metal Recycling, Inc.
Portland, OR

Christine Gneiding

Christine Gneiding

Intrametco
Noblesville, IN

Mike Hinsey

Mike Hinsey

Liberty Tire Recycling
Pittsburgh, PA

Nini Krever

Nini Krever

Wilmington Paper Corp.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Mark Lewon

Mark Lewon

Utah Metal Works Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Brian Shine

Brian Shine

Manitoba Corporation
Lancaster, NY

Barry Wolff

Barry Wolff

Charleston Steel & Metal Co.
Charlestown, NC