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ISRI's Positions on State Policy Issues

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

Bans and Fees for Recyclable Paper and Plastic Bags - ISRI opposes bans and fees on paper and plastic bags that are being manufactured into useful commodity grade materials.

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

Producer Responsibility - ISRI opposes government imposed fees and mandates on products that are being manufactured into commodity grade materials, but allows in certain instances to hold producers financially responsible for certain products. ISRI supports ending producer responsibility and government imposed fees as soon as practicable.

Electronics Recycling Legislation - Legislation should promote a market‐based, sustainable recycling infrastructure and facilitate the recycling of electronics in an environmentally sound manner.

Materials Theft

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.


Appropriate Regulation, Registration, Permitting, or Licensing of Sellers of Vehicles for Scrap or Parts Only - the industry opposes overreaching or duplicative regulations on the sellers of whole vehicles that are sold only for scrap or for parts, if the vehicles are sold to properly licensed, registered, or permitted scrap metal processors or automotive dismantlers.

Have Questions?

Danielle Waterfield
Sr. Director, Gov't Relations / Asst General Counsel
(202) 662-8516
Justin Short
Legislative Analyst
(202) 662-8508