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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CRI continues to supply accurate worldwide statistics on container collection and recycling as well as information on activities in the industry and in policy (good as well as bad!). All of this is useful info to expand our local efforts and inspire us!
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.
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.