ISRI's positions and other resources on various policy issues are publicly accessible on our White Papers, Reports, and Analysis page. We have also compiled links to ISRI's Positions on various state policy issues below. Summaries are provided for reference, but please view the full position statements to ensure that no nuances are overlooked.
Design for Recycling relies upon a market-based approach to enhance product design and to eliminate or reduce the use of hazardous materials and other materials that impede recycling.
Pressurized Containers - Recyclers must be allowed to weight the risks associated and determine for themselves whether they are equipped to safely handle pressurized containers. Governmental entities should be cognizant of the risks and respect the decision of the professional recyclers.
Right to Reuse - Recyclers should have convenient and affordable access to the information and tools that are necessary for safe and responsible repair and the information to safely handle and reuse certain products.
Auxiliary Containers / Packaging
Paper Bags - Promotes a free and fair, competitive, market-based system for the trade of recyclable materials such as paper bags, opposes bans and fees on paper bags, promotes proper recycling, and strongly supports the use of recycled content to the maximum percentage that is mechanically and commercially viable.
Plastic Bags - ISRI opposes bans of plastic bags that are being manufactured into useful commodity grade materials. ISRI supports legislation that mandates the inclusion of recyclable content, exempts reusable plastic film bags with at least 20% recycled content, and that describes the efficient collection of plastic bags. ISRI also encourages retailers to provide convenient in-store collection points.
Minimum Recycled Plastic Content Legislation - Supports legislation that expands the use of recycled plastic in applications that are appropriate, efforts by manufacturers and brand owners to increase the use of recycled plastic resin beyond legislated levels and applications, manufacturers incorporating DfR, stakeholder efforts to increase plastic recycling, and life cycle assessments to help manufacturers make informed choices on the inclusion of recycled plastic resin.
Use of Degradable Additives in Plastic Packaging - Suggests that any claims to the use of terms indicating the plastic is easily degradable be supported by independent research and testing. Such additives can harm plastics recycling when mixed unknowingly with non-degradable plastic.
Extended Producer Responsibility / Product Stewardship
Product Stewardship - To address facilitation of the proper recycling of difficult to recycle items, as a last resort, ISRI supports consideration of policies that are temporary in nature to support markets for recycling of those items until the markets mature. However, such policies should not disrupt the current recycling infrastructure, such as extended producer responsibility programs that either target, include, or disrupt the recycling of materials or products that are being successfully recycled and consumed in existing markets.
Electronic Reporting - In the event a governing body is contemplating electronic reporting of scrap metal transactions, adequate information protection can only be provided if certain listed criteria are included in the requirements.
Recyclable Materials Theft - In cooperation with appropriate authorities and affected parties, each member of the recycling industry, along with law enforcement and the affected community, should take positive steps to reduce the risk of the unintentional purchase of stolen materials.
State & Local Programs
Flow Control - ISRI strongly opposes government control of materials that have been diverted or removed from the solid waste stream for the purpose of recycling.
One-Bin Collection Policy - ISRI opposes the commingling of recyclables with solid waste or mixed waste processing in a one-bin system.
Reporting Recycling Activities - ISRI does not oppose the collection of data by government entities on recycling activities within their jurisdictions, where there are compelling reasons to do so and so long as certain criteria are met.
Accelerated or Bonus Depreciation Tax Allowances - Such allowances should be pursued to encourage the purchase of new and/or innovative equipment to process scrap materials into higher quality commodity-grade feedstocks for manufacturing.
Tires / Rubber
Artificial Turf and Rubber Infill - ISRI provides education about the positive economic and environmental benefits of rubber recycling, and cautions against prematurely deciding not to use crumb rubber before reviewing and considering the existing scientific evidence.
Scrap Tire Design for Recycling - Scrap recyclers seek an open dialogue and joint working group between recyclers and manufacturers to advance DfR concepts and promote awareness, environmental conservation, and a vibrant and open recycled rubber marketplace.
Use of Rubberized Asphalt in Road Construction - ISRI supports legislation that seeks to expand rubberized asphalt as the preferred material of choice.