The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has released a call for entries for its 2017 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award. The DFR Award is ISRI’s highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.
“When designing a product, manufacturers should be giving just as much of a priority to the product’s ability to be recycled as manufacturers do cost, appearance and other factors,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Effective recycling begins at the drawing board. Through the Design for Recycling Award, ISRI is looking to reward companies, designers, and manufacturers with the mindset of producing products that can be recycled safely and with ease, thus benefiting both the environment and the economy.”
ISRI introduced the award more than 10 years ago. Previous winners include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Co., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dell Inc., LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics America.
To be eligible for ISRI’s DFR Award, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:
- contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable;
- be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;
- be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;
- be free of hazardous materials that are not recyclable or impede the recycling process;
- minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;
- reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components; and
- have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.