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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Recycling

Mission: CRI's mission is to make North America a global model for the collection and quality recycling of packaging materials. We envision a world where no material is wasted, and the environment is protected. We succeed because companies and people collaborate to create a strong, sustainable domestic economy.

Geographic areas served: global, with emphasis on United States

Programs: CRI focuses on two broad program areas: public education/outreach; and research/technical assistance. WIthin the former category, CRI maintains two websites and a listserv; distributes via e-mail a "Weekly Headlines"; distributes numerous reports, fact sheets, Powerpoints and other publications; publishes a periodic newsletter covering national and state news and features about container recycling and deposit legislation; offers periodic webinars and serves as a panelist in webinars hosted by others; gives frequent media interviews; answers queries from citizens, the media, organizations, governments and businesses; provides expert testimony before state and federal lawmakers; presents at recycling conferences; organizes special recycling summits; contributes articles to professional journals and trade publications; and responds as needed to articles and reports by others. Under the category of research and technical assistance, CRI produces the Beverage Market Data Analysis (BMDA), a definitive compiling and analysis of container consumption and recycling trends in all 50 states and the U.S. as a whole; produces fact sheets and other documents for state coalitions; and produces special reports, including "The 10ยข Incentive to Recycle," "Trashed Cans: The Global Environmental Effects of Aluminum Can Wasting in America," "Beverage Container Deposit Systems in the United States" and "Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers."

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CRI IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY TO BETTER THE ENTIRE RECYCLING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY.
THEY PROVIDE INCREDIBLE INSIGHT TO GOVERNMENT AND TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION IS PRICELESS . WITHOUT THEIR CONTINUED EFFORTS THE DEPOSIT -REFUND SYSTEM WOULD BE IN CONSTANT THREAT OF ELIMINATION AND IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO EXPAND THIS VALUABLE SYSTEM. THEY ABSOLUTELEY IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE ENTIRE PLANET .

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Donor

Rating: 4

CRI provides the most complete and realiable website I know for understanding how bottle deposit systems work around the world. The analysis, studies and discussion meetings the institution provide strongly help bottle bill advocates, that so often work for non profit organizations with limited budgets. The services CRI provides are thus unique, of excellent quality and extremely helpful.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a long time Bottle Bill advocate, I am forever thankful for CRI. I remember fighting to keep the NYS Bottle Bill, even though it was extremely successful, because it was a time when recycling was not a priority and "green" was only a color. During those years, getting politicians to do what was right for the environment was not an easy task. I felt like a lone voice at times! However, I did have CRI; with all the facts and statistics I needed. They had the statistics I was not able to acquire myself. Pat Franklin was at CRI at the time (may she rest peacefully!); she was amazing! Her desire to do the right thing for our environment, and her support, encouraged me and several others to keep up the good fight. CRI was also key in the inclusion of water bottles into our Bottle Bill legislation. I will always be thankful to Pat Franklin and CRI, because they serve as a way to keep track of what is happening to the containers that enter our environment. We, as consumers are responsible for these containers and should be monitoring where they end up.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Container Recycling Institute (CRI) has played a vital, positive role in the national, state and local recycling and sustainable materials management scene for many years. CRI is focused on results, not environmentalist "religion" nor corporate bottom lines nor consumer convenience. CRI supports beverage container deposit legislation because it works better than any other approach (so far). CRI questions the long run wisdom of single-stream recycling collection because of demonstrated degraded materials quality when compared to greater source separation. Under the leadership of Susan Collins, they have sharpened their focus on data-driven policy positions that point us to a sustainable future. CRI generously has provided support to local, state and national efforts to adopt laws, programs and policies that will help conserve resources in an increasingly polluted world. CRI is an "in the trenches" advocate for all of us.

4 Seydel

Board Member

Rating: 5

Around 80% of the world's beverage and water bottles end up in landfills or incinerators .... or along roadways, in rivers and streams or floating in the ocean gyres. This is inexcusable when with very little cost, a deposit and redemption system can be offered for spent containers that have proven to collect and recycle over 80% of their valuable component resources. The Container Recycling Institute has been the prime source for data regarding collection systems and their relative success. The CRI is the honest voice in this discussion and has won the respect of scientists, politicians, recyclers, municipalities, and countless individuals worldwide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fact based "resource recovery" education comes in many forms and flavors, and is often used to skew reality by biased selection. The Container Recycling Institute presents all of the facts about the recapture of spent beverage and water bottles, cans, and cartons in easily digestible format. These facts reveal that redemption or deposit systems and other public incentives increase collections by 300% without reducing product consumption or damaging curbside collections. The collected plastic, metal, and glass resources are "pure stream" and avoid costly mechanical sorting and contamination in their ultimate use in recycled products. We need more honesty in utilizing proven systems to reduce waste, energy consumption, nonrenewable resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and unrecovered recyclable resources.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding research organization specializing in packaging recycling. It originally specialized in beverage container deposits but now is focused on broader issues such as curbside recycling ... The organization is dedicated to increasing recycling volumes as well as the quality of the materials being recycled.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CRI is the leader in research for recycling of packaging in general and containers in specific. There are 10 states with container deposit laws which account for more than 50% of all containers recycled in the US. Without CRI's research and support many of the state grass root organizations would not receive the support they need to fend off the constant deposit repeal attempts by the beverage industry.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a dedicated recycler and consider container deposit systems to be among the most effective methods for collecting and recycling large volumes of metal and plastic containers , keeping them off roadsides and out of landfills and making them available for re-use. I've been a member and supporter of the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) for more than 20 years and have found the clear and concise information CRI provides to be a great resource for helping both decision makers and consumers understand container deposit systems and how well they work. The regular updates members receive from CRI inform us about how various jurisdictions are refining and improving container recycling systems and making them more user friendly. CRI is especially good at helping people understand, using specific examples, how container deposit systems offer substantial economic benefits along with the great litter control and other environmental benefits they bring to participating communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Of all the causes and charities I support, the one I value, admire and rely on the most is the Container Recycling Institute. By focusing on objective analysis, original research, respectful dialogue and responsible advocacy, CRI succeeds where more partisan voices fail.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Container Recycilng Institute is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to know more about recycling. Their research is top notch, their policy approach is data driven, and their committment to efficient and effective recycling is unwaivering. CRI is thorough and comprehensive in its analytical approach to the critical issues facing recycling. I rely on CRI for solid, dependable recycling data and information.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about CRI as an environmental science teacher and used the web site for years to help teach our recycling unit. The students are always amazed at the bottle counter on the home page which gives them a visual of the number of bottles being thrown away instead of recycled. CRI has become an invaluable resource in our efforts to draft and pass container deposit legislation in Maryland.