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ISRI Releases Updates to the Scrap Specifications Circular

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced that new specifications have been published in the Scrap Specifications Circular 2016. Included are changes to the paper specifications and amended electronics plastics specifications that have been approved by the ISRI Board of Directors. The specifications are as follows:

Paper Specs (Page 31):

  • #58 Sorted Clean News (SCN)
  • #56 Sorted Residential Papers (SRP)
  • #54 Mixed Paper (MP)

Baled Specs (Page 48):

  • Baled CRT TV Plastic
  • Baled Light Colored CRT Monitor Plastic
  • Baled Dark Colored CRT Monitor Plastic
  • Baled Dark Colored Flat Panel Monitor Plastic
  • Baled Dark Colored Printer Plastic
  • Baled Light Colored Printer Plastic
  • Baled Dark Colored Mixed Electronics Plastic
  • Baled Light Colored Copier Plastic
  • Baled Dark Colored Copier Plastic
  • Baled Light Colored Mixed Electronics Plastic
  • Baled Mixed Color Electronics Plastic

Shredded Specs (Page 48):

  • Shredded CRT TV Plastic
  • Shredded Light Colored CRT Monitor Plastic
  • Shredded Dark CRT Monitor Plastic
  • Shredded Dark Electronics Plastic
  • Shredded Light Electronics Plastic
  • Shredded Mixed Color Electronics Plastic

The following specifications will be deleted effective December 31, 2016:

  • News Grades #6, 7, and 8
  • Mix Grades #1, 2, and 3

ISRI’s scrap specifications are internationally recognized guidelines used by buyers and sellers of recycled materials and products including nonferrous and ferrous scrap, glass cullet, paper stock, plastic, electronics, and tire scrap. The specifications are intended to assist in the trading of scrap commodities and are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the expanding range of commercially recyclable materials.


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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