ISRI board to consider proposed changes to plastic scrap, nonferrous scrap guidelines on July 14; changes cover bale specifications for HDPE colored bottles, natural bottles, injection bulky rigid plastics, and PET bottles with and without thermoforms

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WASHINGTON , July 6, 2022 (press release) –

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors will consider the following proposed changes to the Guidelines for Plastic Scrap that were approved by the ISRI Plastics Division on June 14, 2022 at its upcoming Summer Board Meeting to be held in Washington, DC on July 14, 2022:

Bale Specifications: HDPE Colored Bottles

Bale Specification: PET Bottles (No PET Thermoforms)

Bale Specification: PET Bottles with PET Thermoforms

Bale Specifications: HDPE Natural Bottles

Bale Specifications: HDPE Injection Bulky Rigid Plastics

Bale Specifications: PET Thermoforms

Plastic Film Scrap Specifications

The ISRI Board of Directors will also consider the following changes to the Guidelines for Nonferrous Scrap that were approved by the Nonferrous Division on March 20, 2022:

New Specifications

TANK ALUMINUM CHOPS and STRAWS

Shall consist of clean aluminum, chops or straws, free of screening, hair-wire, iron, copper, insulation and other non-metallic items. Must be free of minus 20 mesh material. Must contain 99% aluminum content.

TEASE ALUMINUM WIRE and CABLE

Shall consist of new, clean, aluminum wire or cable free from hair wire, ACSR, wire screen, iron, insulation and other non-metallic items. Must contain 99% aluminum content.

Revised Specifications

REELS Mixed Nonferrous Wheel Weights 

To consist of nonferrous wheel weights that are a minimum of 35% (overall) Nonferrous and no more than 65% Iron (Fe). Anticipated Nonferrous material may be both Lead and Zinc weights. To be free of foreign material. Final material specifications to be determined between buyer and seller.

TALL E.C. ALUMINUM CHOPS AND STRAWS

Shall consist of clean, 1350 and/or 1050 alloy, E.C. aluminum, chops or straws, free of screening, hair-wire, iron, copper, insulation and other non-metallic items. Must be free of minus 20 mesh material. Must contain 99.45% aluminum content.

TALON E.C. ALUMINUM WIRE and CABLE

Shall consist of new, clean, 1350 and/or 1050, E.C. aluminum wire or cable free from hair wire, ACSR, wire screen, tape, iron, insulation and other non-metallic items. Must contain 99.45% aluminum content.

The full Board may choose to adopt, amend, or reject the recommendations of the Division or table them pending further review. More information about the rules governing the procedures from the addition, amendment, or withdrawal of ISRI’s scrap specifications can be found in the Scrap Specification Cirular. 

To submit comments, recommendations, or questions please contact ISRI Chief Economist Joe Pickard. There will be an open comment period for 30 days following the vote by the Board.

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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 $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 506,000 Americans with good jobs.

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