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Latest Edition of ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular Released

Changes include new specs for Rigid PVC and amendment to MRF guidelines 

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently updated the Scrap Specifications Circular to include new specifications for Rigid Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Recyclables approved at its Fall Board Meeting on November 8. It also reclassifies “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” within the guidelines for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs).

The new PVC Specifications are intended to encompass more of the plastics recyclables that are actively trading in the scrap plastics marketplace. They can be found on pages 49-50 in the new edition of the Scrap Specifications Circular.

The amendment to the MRF guidelines comes in response to concerns within the recycling industry that by listing “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” in its original location under Additional Materials for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for MRFs, it gave the impression that the material is preferred by MRFs. The reality is that, the material is not preferred and may be considered prohibitive by MRFs who need a secondary market for their materials to remain viable economic and environmental partners with the communities they serve. The reclassification moves “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” to the Paper (not preferred or may be prohibited) with examples (not inclusive) section of the inbound curbside recyclables guidelines (page 62).

ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular provides industry guidelines for buying and selling a variety of processed scrap commodities, including ferrous, nonferrous, paper, plastics, electronics, rubber, and glass. More information about the rules governing the procedures from the addition, amendment, or withdrawal of ISRI’s scrap specifications, can be found in the Scrap Specifications Circular. To submit comments, recommendations, or questions, please contact Joe Pickard.



The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,100 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 nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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