During the Fall Board and Governance Meetings last week, the MRF Council passed Inbound Scrap Specifications and MRF Glass Specifications.
The Inbound Scrap Specifications were developed in response to the difficulty MRFs are having in sorting out materials such as glass, aseptic packaging, film, and other materials communities are adding to curbside collection programs. Although MRFs are spending millions of dollars to upgrade facilities to process an ever increasing stream of materials being placed in curbside bins, the simple fact is that MRFs are largely dependent on a public that understands what should and should not go into the curbside bin. Educating the public about their programs, what should be put in the bin, and what should be recycled through some other means will go a long way to reducing the contamination MRFs are having trouble sorting out. The inbound scrap specifications will give MRFs a tool to help educate municipalities about the current state of the industry and which materials technology has trouble screening out.
Like other specifications ISRI develops, ISRI’s MRF Glass Specifications will help buyers and sellers of this material develop a common understanding of what MRF Glass is, and what is and is not commonly accepted in the industry in terms of contamination, quality limits, and other factors that will help determine the value of the material.
It is anticipated that both the Paper and Plastic Divisions will hold a conference call to allow members to deliberate on the specifications. Once the specifications have passed each Division they would then go on to the Board of Directors for final review and deliberation in April 2017.
For more information on ISRI’s MRF Council and how to get involved, contact Jonathan Levy.