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The standard specifications included in this Circular are intended to assist

members in the buying and selling of their materials and products.

These specifications are derived from many sectors of the metals, paper

stock, plastics, glass, and electronics industries and are constructed to

represent the quality or composition of the materials bought and sold in

the industry. The specifications are internationally accepted and are used

throughout the world to trade the various commodities.

Parties to a transaction may specify particular variations or additions to

these specifications as are suited for their specific transactions and for their

individual convenience. Any deviation from the standard specifications, how-

ever, should be mutually agreed to and so stipulated in writing by the par-

ties to the transactions.

ISRI maintains an Arbitration Service as a means of enabling members to

settle differences between themselves or between one of them and a non-


In addition, the “Guidelines for Metals Transactions” contain supplementary

information that will aid members in completing their business transactions.

It is recommended that these Guidelines be reviewed and that members use

them in conjunction with the actual specifications in the conduct of their



Scrap Specifications Circular

is posted in PDF format at least once per

year on the ISRI web site. To ensure you have the most up-to-date version,


Issued by:

Copyright © 2018 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

This document may not be reprinted in whole or in part without the prior

written permission of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

CIRCULAR 2018 BECAME EFFECTIVE February 1, 2018,