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Waste & Recycling June 14, 2018 03:30:34 AM

ISRI Adds Zero Tolerance Guidelines to Scrap Specifications Circular

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“Zero Tolerance” is defined as any material that contains any amount of medical, organic, food waste, hazardous, poisonous, radioactive or toxic waste and other harmful substances or liquids.
 ISRI Adds Zero Tolerance Guidelines to Scrap Specifications Circular

SEATTLE (Waste 360): Through a collaborative effort, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ (ISRI) Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter and ISRI’s Paper Division—whose members include recyclers, paper mills, materials recovery facilities (MRF) operators and other industry stakeholders—are working to improve the quality of recycled material through a reduction in contamination. This effort recently included an update to the “Guidelines for Paper Stock” in ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular that, among other changes, clearly lists items that are considered “Prohibitive Materials” and should not be included in the recycling stream. In addition, for the first time, “Zero Tolerance” is also defined.

“The paper recycling industry, through ongoing work with municipalities and other stakeholders, has made it clear that contamination of the recycling stream is unacceptable,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI, in a statement. “Instituting clearer guidelines of what is and is not acceptable is a strong step toward improving quality throughout the recycling stream. It is important that this movement forward continues in concert with public education, investments in infrastructure, better efforts to design consumer products with recycling in mind and a commitment by all parties to continue to work together.”

The Circular defines “Prohibitive Materials” as any materials which by their presence in a packing of paper stock, in excess of the amount allowed, will make the pack unusable as the grade specified; or any materials that may be damaging to equipment.

“Zero Tolerance” is defined as any material that contains any amount of medical, organic, food waste, hazardous, poisonous, radioactive or toxic waste and other harmful substances or liquids.

Other changes to the “Guidelines for Paper Stock” include the integration of the Domestic Transactions and Export Transactions. This is intended to streamline and improve the trade of paper scrap commodities as changes take place in the global marketplace. In addition, moisture allowances on outbound shipments from processor to consumer were updated.

Courtesy: https://waste360.com

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