'Scrap Specifications Circular' adds new specs for rigid PVC, amends MRF guidelines

January 02, 2018

Waste materials aren’t just any old scrap thrown into the recycling bin. One of the big problems is the amount of “dirty” recylate coming into Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) that ultimately has to go to a landfill. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI; Washington, DC) addresses this and other issues in its latest edition of the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular, available now.

The updated Scrap Specifications Circular includes new specifications for rigid PVC plastic recyclables approved at its board meeting on Nov. 8. It also reclassifies “clean, dry, double-polycoat food packages” within the guidelines for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for Material Recovery Facilities.

The new PVC specifications are intended to encompass more of the recyclables that are actively trading in the scrap plastics marketplace. They can be found on pages 49 and 50 in the new edition.

The amendment to the MRF guidelines comes in response to concerns within the recycling industry that by listing “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” in its original location under Additional Materials for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for MRFs, it gave the impression that the material is preferred by MRFs. “The reality is that that material is not preferred and may be considered prohibitive by MRFs that need a secondary market for their materials to remain viable economic and environmental partners with the communities they serve,” said ISRI. The reclassification moves “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” to the Paper (not preferred or may be prohibited) section with examples (not inclusive) of the Inbound Curbside Recyclables guidelines.

ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular provides industry guidelines for buying and selling a variety of processed scrap commodities, including ferrous, nonferrous, paper, plastics, electronics, rubber and glass.

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