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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Ben_39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They get to the source and provide the necessary data to make positive change all across the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work of CRI is vital, as deposit-refund programs are the most effective way to increase recycling, reduce litter, and reduce associated costs to towns and taxpayers. Plastic bottle and beverage container wasting is a disaster for the planet and the plastic in the ocean is getting into our food supply. Unfortunately, some beverage container lobbyists continue to fight bottle bills. CRI's research is imperative to counter the opposition, which are few in numbers, but large in dollars. These programs are in place all over the world. In the US, the ten states with bottle bills recycle more containers than the other 40 states combined!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Billions of beverage containers litter our streets, parks, and waterways or are landfilled every year. This is a huge loss of resources and potential green jobs. The most effective way to recycle containers is container deposit programs (known as bottle bills.) Where bottle bills exist, recycling rates are double or triple compared to areas without. In fact, the ten deposit states recycle more containers than the other 40 combined. Opponent lobbyists to bottle bills are strong and well funded, spending millions to defeat this most effective and citizen supported recycling program. The Container Recycling Institute provides information and supports bottle bill programs. It's one of the best organizations promoting recycling and anti litter issues. I've always been an avid recycler, but before I knew about CRI, I didn't understand the importance bottle bills have to recycling. The work of CRI is vital to continue this advocacy effort.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been connected to CRI for over 20 years as a leader and volunteer. The organization has always worked to remain above the fray and provide unbiased, fully documented information on recycling. The giant corporations who complain about CRI's product are all those who would enjoy financial gain from weaker recycling programs, and they have never offered credible rebuttals.