The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is currently accepting entries for the 2019 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award. The DFR Award is ISRI's highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes. Entries are due by February 1st, 2019.
"Issues related to supply and demand of recyclable materials are now at the forefront of the industry as a result of what happened in China and elsewhere around the world over the course of the last 18 months," said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI.
"Design for recycling is the nexus of all these issues. It is one of the solutions that has the potential for the most impact. When manufacturers plan how products can safely and efficiently be recycled while on the drawing board it improves the quality of the recycling stream and the supply of recyclable material available. Those manufacturers who go a step further and use recyclable material in products also help drive demand. That is why it is important to recognize the efforts of those companies that go above and beyond with the Design for Recycling Award."
Begun more than 30 years ago, ISRI's Design for Recycling® initiative encourages manufacturers to consider the ultimate destiny of their products during the design-stage of a product's development. As part of the overall initiative, ISRI created the award more than 10 years ago. Previous winners include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, EcoStrate SFS, and this year's winner, and first-ever two-time winner, Dell Inc.
To be eligible for ISRI's Design for Recycling Award, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:
• Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable.
• Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures.
• Be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials.
• Be free of hazardous materials that are not recyclable or impede the recycling process.
• Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product.
• Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components.
• Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.
Interested parties can enter online before the February 1, 2019 deadline. Applicants will be notified by March 4, 2019. The winner will be officially recognized at the ISRI 2019 Convention and Exposition to be held April 8-11 in Los Angeles.