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PUBLIC NOTICE: ISRI Proposed Specification for Flexible PVC

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors will consider the addition of a Flexible PVC specification to the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular at its Spring Meeting on April 16 during the 2018 ISRI Convention and Exposition. ISRI’s Plastics Division approved the new specification during ISRI’s Winter Board and Governance meetings in January.

The proposed specification is as follows:

Flexible PVC

Description: Typically consists of molding, weather stripping, flexible tubing, purging, battery covers, medical tubing, auto decals, flexible films and sheeting.  It is typically resistant to chemicals, non-porous and extruded.  It can be found in long profiles and can be wound onto a reel.

Product: PVC Bale

Source: Post-Consumer or Post Industrial (including Pre-consumer)

Technical Information: Durometer Level less than 90A

Explanation of the Durometer Scale: Explanation of the Shore Scale: Shore durometer measurement devices can be used to measure the indentation of a prescribed needle into the material.  The test method conforms to ASTM D2240.  Flexible PVC is typically measured using the A scale.


Prohibitives – material not accepted at any level, 0% allowed.

  1. PET plastic of any form
  2. Medical and hazardous waste

Contamination material allowed at small percentages

  1. Plastics other than PVC such as HDPE, LDPE, PP, PS
  2. Rigid PVC
  3. Liquids
  4. Paper & Cardboard
  5. Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals
  6. Glue, adhesives, sticky tape
  7. Co-extruded materials
  8. Reinforcement weaves and fabrics

General: Refer to the General Information section for additional information. 

At the Board of Directors meeting, the Board may choose to adopt, amend, or reject the recommendations of the Division or table them pending further review. 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 either Bernie Lee or Joe Pickard. There will be an open comment period for 30 days following the vote by the Board.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 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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