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 .
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.
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.
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.
South Portland, Maine
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.