CONTAINER RECYCLING INSTITUTE

Rating: 5 stars   30 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  

A wonderful resource for anything beverage container recycling, not just in the U.S., but in many places around the globe. CRI is meticulous in their research, all of which is data driven. CRI is continuously recognized as the best resource when it comes to recycling rates.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Eight years ago, frustrated by low recycling rates and our appalling volume of litter (roughly half of it bottles and cans), I decided to renew the oft-defeated effort to make Tennessee the first Southern state with a refundable-deposit law. My husband, friends and numerous lawmakers said I was crazy: Pigs would fly before entrenched special interests would allow a "bottle bill" in the Volunteer State. Fortunately, that's not how the folks at CRI reacted. They said, "Great! Let us help. If you'll provide the grassroots organizing, local communications and legislative liaising, we'll provide the data, the comparative studies, the economic analyses, the stakeholder testimony and the national/global networking you'll need to pass your bill. " Today, eight years later, we're a getting closer to having a bill, and CRI is still arming us grassroots Davids with the information and guidance we need to eventually prevail against special-interest Goliaths. So that's why I'm a CRI fan: Not because they've won us a bottle bill (not yet, anyway); but because they've never stopped believing we'll get one eventually.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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