Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Opposes Mixed Waste Recycling Approach

source: Metro Vancouver

source: Metro Vancouver

Not just Metro Vancouver thinks mixed waste material recovery facilities can’t be allowed to undermine source separation.  On its website, Resource Recycling magazine is reporting that the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the US’s largest recycling trade organization, issued a position statement on July 23rd that read:

“ISRI supports the collection and sortation of recyclable materials in a manner that optimizes the value and utilization of the material as specification grade commodities to be used as a feedstock to manufacture new products. Since the quality of the recyclables as specification grade commodities is essential, ISRI opposes the commingling of recyclables with solid waste or mixed waste processing in a one-bin system where all solid waste and recyclables are placed together with no separation prior to recycling.”

Bylaw 280 allows for mixed waste material recovery facilities and ensures that they don’t undermine source separation and are not simply transfer stations in disguise. Read the original article, including a link to the ISRI statement at:

http://resource-recycling.com/node/5137