SCRAP SPECIFICATIONS CIRCULAR 2017
Inbound Curbside Recyclables for MRFs
Guidelines for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for Material Recovery
Facilities - Minimum Recommended Materials List
The information provided by ISRI is for general guidance only and not for legal purposes. Anyone utilizing
these Specifications or the Additional Materials which may be added to Curbside residential single stream and
dual stream programs (below) is advised to consult with their legal counsel on all matters with respect to any
particular situation involving contracts and agreements implied or written, or any other potentially litigious
situations. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific locality and facts involved,
and this document is not meant to be inclusive of all situations.
Materials accepted may be modified by mutual agreement between local governments, homeowner
associations, and recyclables collectors (“buyer” of MRF separating, cleaning and marketing services) and
Material Recovery Facilities (“Provider” of MRF services). For local purposes, parties to a local Residential
recycling transaction may specify particular variations, additions or deletions, as are suited for their specific
programs and for their individual convenience. Whatever is decided should be mutually agreed to and so
stipulated in writing.
The parties should use their own due diligence to insure that materials collected in Curbside Residential
Single Stream or Dual Stream programs, and sold from MRFs after processing, consist of properly packaged
materials suitable for recycling. Failure to maintain quality in residential recycling, and lack of diligence, are
the chief reasons for problems arising from such programs.
Arbitrary deductions, valuations, cancellations and/or rejections in MRF transactions are counter to
acceptable good trade practices.
Buyers will supply the agreed-upon quality of Curbside residential single stream or dual stream material into
a MRF and shall not be responsible for the use of that material thereafter when sold for recycling if material
is accepted by the seller of MRF services, unless such materials contain hazardous waste.
Paper/Acceptable Fiber (Acceptable)
Paper (not preferred or may be prohibited) with
examples (not inclusive)
All full-sheet office paper
Newspaper (plastic bags and strings removed)
Magazines (all types)
catalogs (all types)
Phonebooks (all types)
Tissue boxes and tissue/towel rolls
Paper office folders
Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
Any paper which has the potential to be
contaminated with bodily fluid
Cardboard (OCC) Acceptable
Cardboard (not preferred or may be prohibited) with
examples (not inclusive)
Paper Boxes- Packing boxes, corrugated liners,
boxboard (i.e. shoeboxes, gift boxes, cereal boxes),
Brown or Kraft paper bags, brown wrapping paper,
corrugated packing material.
Cardboard lined with plastic (i.e. bubble wrap boxes)
Boxes containing food (i.e. contaminated boxes
containing pizza, excessive oil, or cheese), excessive
liquids, or other materials. Acceptable delivery boxes
shall not contain any of these.