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ISRI Announces Changes to the Plastic Specifications in the Scrap Specifications Circular

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced that changes made to the plastic specifications have been published in the Scrap Specifications Circular. These specification changes were approved by the ISRI Board of Directors during the fall 2016 Board Meeting in Salt Lake City. 


The plastic specification changes can be found on pages 42-48. These changes were approved to better reflect what commodities are being traded in the marketplace in order to assist members in the buying and selling of materials and products. They were developed in consultation with plastic scrap recycling industry members and other plastics industry associations. 


The Circular was also updated to reflect the June 30, 2017 deadline extension of the deletion of certain old paper specifications. 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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