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ISRI Time Capsule: Designing for Recycling

From its inception in 1987, ISRI has promoted its Design for Recycling® (DfR) concept, which encourages manufacturers to consider the recyclability of their products during the design stage to prevent recycling problems at the end of their products’ life cycle.

Oct4LUTimeCapsuleDfRTo support its work in this arena—and to recognize manufacturers for their DfR efforts—ISRI established the Design for Recycling® Award in 2006, selecting Hewlett-Packard Co. as the first recipient. HP earned the award for its “documented efforts to reduce the use of hazardous substances, to simplify component design, and to build computers and printing products for easy disassembly and recycling,” ISRI said. Since 2006, ISRI has recognized nine additional companies or organizations for their DfR accomplishments (with no awards given in 2008 or 2013), ranging from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—the 2007 winner--to EcoStrate, the 2017 winner for its work in recycling “challenging” scrap streams into composite products.

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