ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular

39 Guidelines for Plastic Scrap INSTITUTE OF SCRAP RECYCLING INDUSTRIES, INC. Copyright © 2022 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. HDPE Color Bottles Description: Any whole, blow-molded, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle containing the ASTM D7611 “#2, HDPE” resin identification code that is pigmented and opaque, and was generated from a curbside, dropoff, or other public or private recycling collection program. Bottles are defined as containers that have a neck or mouth that is smaller than the base. All bottles should be free of contents or free flowing liquids and direction should be provided to consumers to empty and rinse containers. While including closures (caps, lids, and rings) on bottles is acceptable, removal of closures is also acceptable. Loose caps and closures should not be added to the bale. Product: Polyethylene Bottles Source: Post-consumer material collected primarily from residential sources, may also include some material that has met its intended use from commercial establishments. CHECK WITH YOUR BUYER(S) as to their allowances for: • HDPE cooking oil bottles • HDPE motor oil or other automotive fluid bottles • Non-bottle HDPE containers using fractional melt HDPE resin: • Blow molded HDPE jars or cannisters with a mouth similar to the base (e.g., coffee or cleaning wipes containers) • PE Squeeze Tubes • HDPE Thermoforms Contamination: Total contamination should not exceed 5% by weight. ALLOWABLE CONTAMINANTS AT LOW LEVELS: These contaminants are tolerable at low levels. The following contaminants should not exceed 2% by weight of any of the following “individual” contaminants, unless noted otherwise. • Injection molded HDPE (#2) containers • Any non-HDPE rigid plastic bottle, container, or packaging, including PET (#1), LDPE (#4), PP (#5), PS (#6), Other (#7) and compostable plastic (e.g., PLA and PHA) (2% maximum of all combined) • Loose paper or cardboard (OCC) • Liquid residues • Aluminum cans CONTAMINANTS NOT ALLOWED: If present, these contaminants may result in rejection. • Any item with degradable additives • Containers which held hazardous materials, such as flammable, corrosive, or reactive products, pesticides, or herbicides • Any bulky rigid plastic • Any plastic bags or film • Any plastic foam • Other metal, wood, glass • Batteries • Electronics scrap, including items with circuit boards or battery packs • Bio-Medical non-bottle waste/items (e.g., syringes, sharps, gloves, masks) • Rocks, stones, mud, oils, grease General: Refer to the General Information section foradditional information. Tubs and Lids Description: Any whole Polypropylene (PP, #5), High- Density Polyethylene (HDPE, #2), and/or Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE, #4), container generated through a positive sort from curbside, dropoff or other public or private recycling collection program. Tubs are containersthat have a neck or mouth similar in size to its base. Lids are caps for tubes that have a fastening features other than threads. Examples include: yogurt cups, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, cold drink cups (transparent, cold serve). Product: Tubs and Lids Source: Post-Consumer material generated from a curbside, drop off, or other public or private recyclingcollection program. Contamination: Total contaminants should not exceed10% by weight The following levels of contamination are allowed:2% Maximum accept able • Metal; • Paper/cardboard; • Injection-molded High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE, #2); • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET,#1) Bottles or thermoforms); • Any plastic containers or packaging including Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, #1), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC, #3), Polystyrene (PS, #6), Other (#7); oLiquid/other residues. The following contaminants are not allowed at any level(zero percent allowed) • Any plastic bags, sheets, or film; • Wood, glass, electronics scrap; • Oils, grease, rocks, mud, dirt; • Containers which held flammable, corrosive or reactiveproducts, pesticides or herbicides; • Medical and hazardous waste; • Products with degradable additives. General: Refer to the General Information section for additional informat ion. Tubs and Lids w/Bulky Rigid Plastic Description: Any whole Polypropylene (PP, #5), High- Density Polyethylene (HDPE, #2), and/or Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE, #4), container generated through a positive sort from curbside, drop-off or other public or private recycling collection program. Tubs are containers that have a neck or mouth similar in size to its base. Lids are caps for tubs that have a fastening feature other thanthreads. Bulky Rigid plastic is allowed. Examples include:yogurt cups, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, cold drink cups (transparent ,cold serve).

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