ISRI’s MRF Council Passes specifications for inbound material and glass

Specifications are designed to reduce contamination in incoming loads and to help market glass recovered from MRFs.

November 9, 2016

According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) “Leadership Update” email dated Nov. 9, 2016, ISRI's MRF (material recovery facility) Council passed Inbound Scrap Specifications and MRF Glass Specifications during the organization’s Fall Board and Governance Meetings in early November.

The Inbound Scrap Specifications are intended to “give MRFs a tool to help educate municipalities about the current state of the industry and which materials technology has trouble screening out,” ISRI says. The specifications are “in response to the difficulty MRFs are having in sorting out materials such as glass, aseptic packaging, film, and other materials communities are adding to curbside collection programs.”

The MRF Glass Specifications are intended to help buyers and sellers of this material develop a common understanding of what MRF glass is as well as acceptable levels of contamination, quality limits and other factors that help determine the value of the material, ISRI says.

ISRI says it anticipates that its Paper and Plastic divisions will hold a conference call to allow members to deliberate on the specifications. Once the specifications have passed each division, they head to the board of directors for review and deliberation in April 2017.

More information on ISRI’s MRF Council is available from Jonathan Levy at