ISRI Seeks Nominations for Design for Recycling® Award

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, has issued a call for entries for the 2014 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 its ability to be recycled as they do cost, appearance and other factors,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Effective recycling begins at the drawing board. 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 began the award more than 25 years ago. Previous winners include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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.
  • Minimizes 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 14, 2014 deadline. The winner will be announced at the ISRI 2014 Convention and Exposition to be held April 6-10 in Las Vegas.

 

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