ISRI Seeks Nominations for 2017 Design for Recycling Award

Award recognizes those who design with recycling in mind

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CSR–The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the
Recycling Industry™
, today released a call for entries for the 2017
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.

“When designing a product, manufacturers should be giving just as much
of a priority to the product’s ability to be recycled as manufacturers
do cost, appearance, and other factors,” said Robin Wiener, president of
ISRI. “Effective recycling begins at the drawing board. Through the
Design for Recycling® Award, ISRI is looking to reward companies,
designers, and manufacturers with the mindset of producing products that
can be recycled safely and with ease, thus benefiting both the
environment and the economy.”

ISRI inaugurated the award more than 10 years ago. Previous winners
include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dell Inc., LG Electronics, and
this year’s winner Samsung Electronics America.

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
  • Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while
    reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.

Interested parties can enter
 before the January 20, 2017 deadline. The winner will be
recognized at the ISRI 2017 Convention and Exposition to be held April
22-27 in New Orleans.

American consumers say that recyclability matters when making purchasing
decisions. According to a survey conducted in November 2014 by Harris
Poll, two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans say they look for information
on whether or not the product is made from recycled materials when
making a purchase. Furthermore, Americans would be willing to spend 13
percent more, on average, on a product if it was fully recyclable (i.e.,
all parts of the item could be recycled), and an average of 10 percent
more for a product if they knew it was made of recycled materials.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is
the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ISRI represents approximately 1,300
companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that
process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper,
plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in
Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance
training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling
plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and
sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in
U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly
half a million Americans with good jobs. For more information, visit


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