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ISRI Announces Addition of Auto Bumper Specification to the 2016 Scrap Specifications Circular

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced that a new specification has been published in the Scrap Specifications Circular 2016. The addition is an auto bumper plastics specification that has been approved by the ISRI Board of Directors. The specification, which can be found on page 44 of the Circular, reads 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.

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 approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI 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.

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