Simplicity receives ISRI Design for Recycling Award
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries,
Inc. (ISRI) announced that a manufacturer of recyclable small
wind turbines has been selected as the fifth annual winner of
ISRI’s Design for Recycling® Award (DfR).
Wind Simplicity was founded in 2004 by Alfred Mathieu, PhD, and
Sharolyn Vettese, BA. The Canadian father–daughter team has succeeded
in revolutionizing the design of wind turbines, making pollution-free,
cost-free wind energy a practical onsite alternative.
ISRI is the force behind Design for Recycling, a voluntary program
that urges manufacturers to make products that can be recycled
from the start. Such design benefits not only the environment,
but the economy as well as shareholders and consumers recognize
the benefits of designing a product that will have several lives.
“Design engineers have a tough job in balancing safety, energy
efficiency and cost with the consumer’s passion for the latest
and greatest technology. Too often, it seems that design engineers
rarely get to the point of thinking about what will happen to
the product at the end of its useful life,” Robin Wiener, ISRI
president, said. “Good intentions aside, it seems most people
don’t give much thought to what happens to a product when it
has reached the end of life. However, as time goes by and new
materials and technologies are developed, the challenge that
recyclers face in safely and economically recycling those products
grows ever more difficult.”
To address these challenges, ISRI created the concept of Design
for Recycling to help protect the environment and create a sustainable
means for conserving natural resources. Design for Recycling
seeks to achieve two very basic goals: first, to eliminate or
reduce the use of hazardous or toxic materials that may present
a grave danger to the environment or put a recycler’s workforce
in jeopardy, and second, to discourage the use of materials that
are not recyclable or manufacturing techniques that make a product
non-recyclable using current technologies.
“Wind Simplicity demonstrated great creativity in incorporating
DfR criteria into the manufacturing processes, thereby making
their wind turbine completely recyclable,” said Manny Bodner,
chair of the ISRI task force on DfR.