The ISRI Board of Directors approved proposed amendments (changes in bold) to the existing Saves and Scroll specifications at its Winter Board Meeting in Coral Gables, Florida on Feb. 7, 2024. The ISRI Nonferrous Division approved these changes Oct. 18, 2023.

Old Zinc Die Cast Scrap
Shall consist of miscellaneous old zinc base die castings, with or without iron and other foreign attachments. Material can include zinc dies/molds for shoes or other industrial purposes. Must be free of borings, turnings, dross pieces, chunks, melted pieces and skimmings. All unmeltables, dirt, foreign attachments, and volatile substances (such as rubber, cork, plastic, grease, etc.) are deductible. Material containing in excess of 30% iron will not constitute good delivery.

Unsorted Zinc Die Cast Scrap
Produced from automobile fragmentizers. Material to contain about 55% zinc-bearing scrap. Other nonferrous metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, brass/copper/copper alloys, etc., to be about 40%. Insulated copper wire about 1%. Trash, dirt, glass, rubber, oil, iron, not to exceed 5%. Any variations to be sold by special arrangement between buyer and seller.

On or before 30 days following this announcement, any party may appeal the Board’s decision during the open comment period. Said appeal shall state the reason for the appeal and the requested action to be taken. More information about the rules governing the procedures from the addition, amendment, or withdrawal of ISRI’s Specifications can be found in the ISRI Specifications ( Submit comments, recommendations, or questions to ISRI President Robin Wiener c/o ISRI Chief Economist and Director of Commodities Joe Pickard (

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