The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF)
The mission of The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to “promote the art and science of scrap processing and recycling through research, sponsorships, technical assistance, and educational programs for the purpose of advancing the industry.” RRF also administers the financial side of the academic scholarship programs some ISRI chapters sponsor.
Released in August 1977, the report identified a 636 million-ton reservoir of ferrous scrap at the end of 1975, “enough to blanket all of Washington, D.C., with nearly 100 feet of iron and steel discards.” (The foundation updated this study three times in subsequent years, with the final report—published at the end of 1981—finding an inventory of almost 683 million tons of ferrous scrap.) The report from phase three of the study, “Price-Volume Relationships for the Supply of Scrap Iron and Steel: A Study of the Price Elasticity of Supply,” appeared in January 1979. First, says RRF Vice President David Borsuk of Sadoff & Rudoy Industries (Fond du Lac, Wis.), is simply to “increase the awareness of the foundation as a scholarship program.” (more…)