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ISRI Now Accepting Nominations for 2022 Design for Recycling® Award

Recognizing manufacturers 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 2022 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. ISRI’s Design for Recycling® initiative encourages manufacturers to consider recyclability during product design in the same manner they consider cost, safety, and other factors.

“The role of recycling in manufacturing is perhaps more critical than ever,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “As manufacturers work to ensure sustainability goals are met, and supply chains are not disrupted, incorporating recycling into a products design from the conception phase is the answer. Now is the time to applaud those manufacturers who factor in recyclability when designing their products.”

The DFR Award recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes. Previous winners include, Nestlé Waters North America, Lexmark, Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, EcoStrate SFS, and 2021 winner Cascade Engineering.

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 January 21, 2022 deadline. Applicants will be notified by February 21, 2022. The winner will be officially recognized at the ISRI 2022 Convention and Exposition to be held March 21-24 in Las Vegas.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies 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 $116 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 506,000 Americans with good jobs.

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