EPA supports residue plastics recycling

Jan 11, 2013 | 05:15 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  scrap, ISRI, Robin Wiener, OmniSource, Brian Winters, Mark Lasky, Sadoff Iron & Metal, EPA Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretation of regulations that would allow the recycling of plastics recovered from scrap metal shredder residue could trigger up to $1.25 billion in new investments by the recycling industry, according to an industry estimate.

The 30-day comment period closed Friday on the EPA’s interpretation of Toxic Substances Control Act regulations, which would allow the recycling of plastics separated from automobile shredder residue (ASR). The agency’s interpretation is based on regulatory provisions for excluded polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) products and voluntary procedures suggested by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Washington.

Last month, the EPA called for comments on its proposal to open shredder residue to the recovery of some plastics after it was approached by ISRI in February 2011 regarding separation, recycling, use and distribution of recycled plastics from shredder residue recovered from metals recycling facilities. ....

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