April 29, 2012
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) is an amazing organization. I first came across them in 2004 when I started a volunteer recycling advocacy group, Moab Solutions, which, after 8 years is about to become a 501(c)(3). (www.moab-solutions.org). Hundreds of thousands of pounds of recycling and trash have passed through my hands since 2004 as I started doing massive cleanups in the streams, on trails and along the byways and highways of this gorgeous region. (Moab, Utah). We took lots of photos of the trash and recycling we came upon to try to publicize to the community the huge amounts of recycling littered on the land. We also were working hard to try to have recycle bins placed everywhere there were trash cans in the city parks and along our parkway system. (We installed and maintained, on a volunteer basis many recycle containers.) After years of working on the city, they have placed and maintain many public bins. I came to rely on the great information about recycling rates and issues provided by CRI as I was learning more and more about waste. And the truth they were presenting about the beverage industry's fight against taking responsibility for the waste they themselves cause was very enlightening. And the horrific worldwide effect of that waste. Reading some of their reports, like "Trashed Cans", was life-changing. For me, it meant limiting buying aluminum and redoubling my efforts to get as many cans recycled as possible. CRI's recent report on jobs created by recycling is spot on. (Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers). They are the "go to" group when one wants reliable facts and statistics on recycling and wasting. I see their name sited in a variety of publications from Readers Digest to environmental magazines. Their waste counter tells the real story. It displays an everchanging number - the number of containers wasted in the USA. I have it on my site's recycling factoids page. It is very powerful. A organization like the Container Recycling Institute is vital to bringing about real and meaningful change in a world gone slightly mad. Any support CRI receives will be translated into hard work stopping the waste that is doing so much harm to the planet.
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