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Plastics Commodity

Plastics Scrap


The manufacture and distribution of plastics are seen everywhere. The explosive growth of this industry has alarmed many around the world about the state of recycling systems and a growing global movement to ensure that plastics are handled in an environmentally responsible manner. From 2005 to 2015, annual world plastics production reached 322 million metric tons from 230 million. ISRI estimates that the U.S. recycles more than 3.5 million tons of plastic every year. Every ton of plastics that are recycled can save enough energy to power nearly two households for an entire year!

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Join the Plastics Division

ISRI members who work with plastics are encouraged to join the Plastics Division.

Plastics Video

Since 2014, over 300 Million tons of plastic materials have been produced per year and the amount continues to increase annually.


Plastics Scrap Specs

In order to accurately reflect what plastic scrap commodities are being traded in the marketplace, ISRI has been in the process of updating our plastic scrap specifications. Recent updates and additions to the ISRI plastic scrap specs have covered bulky ridges (see below), tubs and lids with and without bulky, mixed color HDPE buckets, mixed color HMW HDPE drums, and mixed sorted and unsorted bottles and containers.

ISRI's Plastics Scrap Spec

Facts & Figures: Plastics



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