ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular

Copyright © 2022 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. • Moisture residues CONTAMINANTS NOT ALLOWED: If present, these contaminants may result in rejection. • Any non-PE films, metallized films, or multi-material pouches • PE film packaging exposed to hazardous materials, such as flammable, corrosive or reactive products, pesticides or herbicides • Silicone coated film • Film with oxo or bio-degradable additives, PVDC layers, or acrylic coatings • Any rigid plastic bottle, container or packaging including PET (#1), HDPE (#2), PVC (#3), PS (#6), Other (#7) and compostable plastic (e.g., PLA and PHA) • Any bulky rigid plastic • Any non-PE plastic foam • Food waste • Free-flowing liquids • Textiles • Metal, Wood, Glass • Batteries • Electronics scrap, including items with circuit boards or battery packs • Bio-Medical waste/items (e.g., syringe, sharps, gloves, masks) • Rocks, stones, mud, oils, grease General: Refer to the General Information section for additional information. PE Film (Grade C) Description: Any mix of clear/natural, color or printed polyethylene film, Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE), and/or High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Films may be coded with ASTM D7611 resin identification code “#4, LDPE/LLDPE or #2 HDPE”. There is a wide variability of what is sold under this specification, which could include a high level of contamination. Buyers and sellers should be very explicit about their requirements and offerings. General: Refer to the General Information section for additional informat ion. PE Colored Film Description: Any mixture of mixed color, clear/natural and printed Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and Linear LowDensity Polyethylene (LLDPE) film with limited label contamination is acceptable. More than 20% by weight is expected to be colored film. Films may be coded with ASTM D7611 resin identification code “#4, LDPE/LLDPE.” Product: Colored Polyethylene film Source: Sorted film generated after meeting its intended use from commercial establishments. Contamination: Total contaminants should not exceed 5% by weight. ALLOWABLE CONTAMINANTS AT LOW LEVELS: These contaminants are tolerable at low levels. The following 48 • HDPE (#2) film (5% allowable) • Labels • Plastic Strapping and rubber bands • Rigid or foam PE (HDPE #2 or LDPE #4) • Cardboard endcaps • Moisture residues CONTAMINANTS NOT ALLOWED: If present, these contaminants may result in rejection. • Any non-PE films, metallized films, or multi-material pouches • PE film packaging exposed to hazardous materials, such as flammable, corrosive or reactive products, pesticides or herbicides • Silicone coated film • Film with oxo or bio-degradable additives, PVDC layers, or acrylic coatings • Any rigid plastic bottle, container or packaging including PET (#1), HDPE (#2), PVC (#3), PP (#5), PS (#6), Other (#7) and compostable plastic (e.g., PLA and PHA) • Any bulky rigid plastic • Any non-PE plastic foam • Food waste • Free-flowing liquids • Loose paper, cardboard (OCC) • Textiles • Metal, Wood, Glass • Batteries • Electronics scrap, including items with circuit boards or battery packs • Bio-Medical waste/items (e.g., syringe, sharps, gloves, masks) • Rocks, stones, mud, oils, grease General: Refer to the General Information section for addit ional informat ion. Categories of Film from Specific Sources PE Retail Mix Film Description: Polyethylene stretch wrap, shrink wrap or other film generated by retailers back-of-house, and any polyethylene bag and overwrap accepted by retailers from their customers may be included. Bags, wraps and film may be mixed color or printed and are a mix of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Low-Density polyethylene (LDPE) and Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) films. Films may be coded with ASTM D7611 resin identification code “#2, HDPE” and “#4, LDPE/LLDPE.” Product: Mixed PE Film Source: Post-consumer material collected from a mix of postcommercial and residential post-consumer sources. Contamination: Total contaminants should not exceed 10%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, contaminants should not exceed 2% by weight of any of the following individual contaminants, unless noted otherwise. Guidelines for Plastic Scrap INSTITUTE OF SCRAP RECYCLING INDUSTRIES, INC.

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