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ISRI Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Design for Recycling® Award

Award recognizes those who design with recycling in mind

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, is now accepting entries for the 2020 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award. The DFR Award is ISRI’s highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

“ISRI undertook its Design for Recycling initiative more than 30 years ago, and it is more relevant today than ever before,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Products designed using the principles of Design for Recycling increase the current demand for recycled content thereby creating new markets for material. As these products then reach the end of their lifecycle down the road, they are recyclable thus creating a sustainable future and ensuring demand continues to be met. As manufacturers and brands continue to set sustainability goals, Design for Recycling is a way to achieve then.”

ISRI inaugurated the award more than 10 years ago. Previous winners include, Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dell Inc., LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, EcoStrate SFS, and 2019 winner Nestlé Waters North America.

To be eligible for ISRI’s Design for Recycling Award, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to be:

  • Easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;
  • Cost effective to recycle. whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;
  • Free of hazardous materials that impede the recycling process;
  • Maximizing the use of recycled materials and/or components within product manufacturing; and
  • Having a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing its overall negative impact on the environment.

Interested parties can enter online before the February 21, 2020 deadline. Applicants will be notified by March 23, 2020. The winner will be officially recognized at the ISRI 2020 Convention and Exposition to be held April 27-30 in Las Vegas.

Those interested in sharing this information with customers, suppliers, or other manufacturers can download and print this brochure.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 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 $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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