• Press Release

PUBLIC NOTICE: ISRI Proposed Auto Bumper Plastics Specification Addition

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors recently approved the addition of an auto bumper plastics specification to the plastics specifications listed in the Scrap Specifications Circular. As per ISRI’s Policy Manual, any party may submit to ISRI a written appeal of the ISRI Board’s approval of this new specification up to 30 days after publication of this notice. Written appeals must provide a rationale and a request for action and should be sent to ISRI President Robin Wiener.

The specification is as follows:

Name: Post Consumer TPO Plastic Automotive Bumper Covers

Description: This grade consists of painted auto bumper covers removed from motor vehicles.

Product: Post-Consumer Auto Part

Source: Post-Consumer material generated by collision or refurbishment centers or automobile dismantlers.

Contamination: The following parts must be removed from the bumper cover: head lamps, tail lamps, grills, emblems, rub strips, reflectors and any other components attached to the bumper.  Everything attached to the bumper cover should be removed before baling.

Contamination should be limited to small metal parts such as clips, bolts and screws.

No TPU or RIM Plastic allowed.

General: Refer to the “General Information” section for more information.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 35 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs. For more information about ISRI, please visit www.isri.org.

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