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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), will honor retired ISRI executive director Dr. Herschel Cutler and recently retired Caraustar executive Crawford Carpenter, with the 2017 ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented during ISRI’s annual convention and exposition.

The awards recognize extraordinary leaders for their longtime involvement, contributions, and overall commitment to the recycling industry and to ISRI. Dr. Herschel Cutler, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, had a 33 year career with ISRI and an ISRI predecessor association, the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel. During his tenure, Cutler led the association and the industry in its many battles against export controls, railroad freight-rate problems, publicly subsidized recycling programs, Superfund, and other challenges. Under his leadership, Cutler helped transform ISRI, growing the association’s talent and scope to become the leading source of information, education, and training inside the industry and to become the world-leader in advocacy for the recycling industry.

Crawford Carpenter has had a long and dedicated career in the paper recycling industry, with a passionate commitment to promoting the industry to the next generation of leaders. Through his service on the ISRI Board of directors and his roles as president of the Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) and president of the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter, Crawford has advocated for paper recycling and guided the greater association to new levels of industry leadership. He worked diligently to promote RRF’s student scholarship program, and led the effort to create a special military veterans college stipend as a way for the industry to give back to all those who served the nation. Crawford was also heavily involved in the development and spread of ISRI’s youth outreach and education curriculum designed to encourage children to recycle and teach them about the science and technology involved in the industry.

Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News