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ISRI Issues Call for Comments on Recyclability Protocol

Oct 5, 2022, 14:20 PM by Vicki Morgan

First protocol assesses fiber-based packaging for recyclability

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, is seeking public comments on its Recyclability Protocol. The Protocol for Fiber Based Packaging will serve as a research-based approach for users to assess the extent to which fiber-based packaging may be recyclable and does not pose known challenges for the residential recycling system.

“The recyclability protocol ensures that the needs of producers and recyclers are met as they work to design products with recycling in mind,” said ISRI Senior Vice President of Sustainability Cheryl Coleman. “As consumers are looking to be more conscious of their shopping decisions related to recycling, the protocol will be a great resource for developers and brands.”

The Protocol will be an online tool that automatically scores each criterion based on the methodology research conducted for the Protocol. The results will determine whether the packaging meets the criteria of the Protocol or has challenges that require modifications or testing or does not meet the criteria. It currently focuses specifically on recycling post-consumer fiber-based packaging that will be marketed in the United States, but will later be expanded to serve as an assessment tool for other recycled materials.

To preview the Protocol and submit comments, visit The public comment period ends on Friday, November 4.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,500 companies representing over 8000 facilities/locations/subsidiaries in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume recycled materials, 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 recycling industry provides more than 506,000 Americans with good jobs.


For More Information:

Rachel Bookman
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
(202) 662-8518