Container Recycling Institute

Rating: 5 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 4361 Keystone Ave. Culver City CA 90232 USA

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."
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Rating: 5 stars  

During the most recent legislative session in Maine, Susan Collins from CRI made the trip east to give valuable personal testimony as well as provide detailed analysis on the some of the economic and environmental problems with proposed new bottle bill legislation. In part because of CRI's support, the bill, which would have reduced recycling rates in Maine and added to municipal waste costs, did not pass.

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CRI provides a vital voice in the complex world of recycling policy design. As a non-profit, CRI is free to offer unbiased analyses of the often complex issues framing the international debate on how to best recycle used beverage containers. Because of their reasoned approach, CRI gives the market clear analytic guidance in a dialogue that is often confused by vested corporate interests.
Clayton Kyle
South Portland, Maine

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CRI is a professional and reputable organization. Requests are handled in a timely manner - for a small (very small) organization - it is admired and respected. President, Susan Collins, strives to serve the United States with her expertise in the Container Packaging field and is always attending seminars, conferences, hearings, etc to remain engaged. I am most pleased with their fact sheets that are accessible and easy to understand by those in and out of the industry.

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Incredibly helpful on efforts to increase reccling by implementing an update to the amss bottle bill.

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