ISRI approves additions of proposed specifications for MRF Glass and Inbound MRF Mixed Recyclables
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors approved the addition of new specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclables for material recovery facilities (MRF) during its Winter Meeting on February 10. As per ISRI’s Policy Manual, any party may submit to ISRI a written appeal of the ISRI Board’s approval of this new specification up to 30 days after publication of this notice. Written appeals must provide a rationale and a request for action and should be sent to ISRI President Robin Wiener.
The MRF glass specifications and inbound MRF specifications are available online for review. The MRF glass specifications were approved by the divisions at the Fall Board & Committee Meetings in Salt Lake City on November 4, 2016. The inbound MRF specifications were approved by the divisions during the Winter ISRI Board & Committee Meetings held on January 9, 2017. Both were developed in consultation with ISRI’s MRF Council and paper and plastic scrap recycling industry members with extensive experience working with scrap streams sourced from municipal collection facilities and programs.
ISRI’s full listing of scrap specifications can be found in the Scrap Specifications Circular.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.