ISRI to update scrap specifications

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, says it has launched an initiative to update its scrap specifications to better meet the needs of the rapidly changing global marketplace for recycled commodities. ISRI’s Specifications Working Group, chaired by Randy Goodman of Greenland (America) Inc., Roswell, Georgia, is leading the initiative.

ISRI says the goals of the specifications initiative include modernizing and promoting uniform language across the recycled commodity specifications; ensuring the relevance of existing specifications and identifying the need for new specifications; expanding their acceptance and use by market participants and governments alike; and transforming the “ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular” into a searchable, customizable digital resource with improved interactive features.

Following approval by the ISRI board of directors at its Winter Meeting, the “ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular” was updated most recently in May to incorporate new specifications for inbound residential single-stream and dual-stream material. ISRI says the purpose of these specifications is to give material recovery facilities (MRFs) and municipalities a common vernacular to negotiate the items that comprise the material stream derived from a curbside collection program. The specifications describe the items that should be part of the system as well as materials that could be considered contaminants.

The Specifications Working Group is reviewing all existing ISRI specifications and guidelines, which will be followed by a request for proposals to upgrade the specifications digital interface on the ISRI website.