ISRI issues call for comments on recyclability protocol for fibre-based packaging
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is seeking public comments on its recyclability protocol. The Protocol for Fibre-Based Packaging will serve as a research-based approach for users to assess the extent to which fibre-based packaging may be recyclable and does not pose known challenges to the residential recycling system.
"The recyclability protocol ensures that the needs of producers and recyclers are met as they work to design products with recycling in mind," says ISRI Senior Vice President of Sustainability Cheryl Coleman. "As consumers are looking to be more conscious of their shopping decisions related to recycling, the protocol will be a great resource for developers and brands."
The protocol will be an online tool that automatically scores each criterion based on the methodology research conducted for the protocol. The results will determine whether the packaging meets the criteria of the protocol or has challenges that require modifications or testing or does not meet the criteria. It currently focuses specifically on recycling post-consumer fibre-based packaging that will be marketed in the United States but will later be expanded to serve as an assessment tool for other recycled materials.