WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2016) — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Design for Recycling Award, the highest award given by the organization.
For more than a decade, the Design for Recycling Award recognizes outstanding contributions to products designed with recycling in mind and honors manufacturers that take steps to incorporate recycling into products and processes.
“Effective recycling begins at the drawing board.” said ISRI President Robin Wiener.
“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.”
Previous winners of the award include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Co., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dell Inc., LG Electronics, and, most recently, 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 components; and
- Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.
Nominations can be made online and should be submitted before Jan. 20. The winner will be recognized at the ISRI 2017 Convention and Exposition scheduled for April 22-27 in New Orleans.