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ISRI’s Newly Formed MRF Council Moves Forward on Important Issues
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ISRI’s MRF Council was created to help one of the fastest growing segments of the recycling industry grapple with issues concerning the collection, recovery, and processing of curbside recyclables. In 2017, the MRF Council worked diligently to create Guidelines for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for Material Recovery Facilities – Minimum Recommended Materials List. This document is included within ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular and describes materials that are “preferred” and those that are “not preferred” aimed to help municipalities understand the collection and processing challenges various types of materials may pose to a MRF. This new tool gives both MRFs and municipalities the ability to negotiate and understand the consequences of adding materials to a curbside recovery program which might negatively impact the health of the municipality’s recycling program.

In November, the MRF Council held the first of its kind stakeholder meeting where it brought together all stakeholders in the value chain to talk about the significant processing challenges certain materials pose to MRFs. At the meeting, stakeholders such as Keurig, the Food Packaging Institute, and the Hefty Energy Bag Program were given an opportunity to discuss their products and ask for feedback on how the material can be more easily recycled. The conversation that ensued was extremely informative and will help all involved increase collection and recovery of materials that brand owners and others are bringing to market.  



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