INSTITUTE OF SCRAP RECYCLING INDUSTRIES, INC.
Inbound Curbside Recyclables for MRFs
manually from other thermoforms
and can contaminate bales.
food or bakery
(clear top, black
Some markets limit the amount of
#1, #2, and #5 thermoforms
allowed. Check with local markets
for limits or restrictions.
Some programs may not take them
or be able to market them together
with PET bottles
In MRFs where hand-sorting occurs,
sorters cannot distinguish PP from PS
Some optical sorters cannot
distinguish black bottom thermoform
Downgrades for premium plastics
occur in some markets
Is acceptable in some export bales
and very limited quantities in UBC.
Some programs on MRF residual
recover Al foil
Hard to generate in a clean form from
Many restrictive export countries will
not take foil which has been used
with food and could reject bales.
Foil disintegrates and flakes with age.
If in small pieces, foil flashes in an
Foil can contain high moisture
food/household oil waste, which can
explode when introduced into a
Domestic markets can be less
tolerant than export
Before accepting check with market.
<1” diameter loose
Is acceptable in some of curbside
Can be captured with some later
technology MRFs through light
fraction separation and optical
May be acceptable in Kraft bags in
some mixed paper producing
Does not get captured because of size
recognition limitations at some MRFs
and leaves MRFs as residue or in fines
products like glass.
Holds moisture and raises content of
moisture in paper bales and in glass.
Size of fiber strands makes it less