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Container Recycling Institute

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Recycling

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 10¢ 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."

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Iowa battles to keep and improve our very old and outdated "Bottle Bill". Grocers would rather pay to through it all away. The Container Recycling Institute has presented many reasons and the data to support why it is necessary to not only keep the deposit bill alive but expand on it. CRI has the research, statistics, and the knowledge to build an unarguable case to the benefits of the deposit recycling programs.

Marialyce P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While many are at last meaningfully involved in boosting recycling progress and ushering in a new circular economy, CRI has been out there championing responsible container recycling, tracking results, pushing laggarts and empowering communities to bring us the world we want--no materials wasted and the environment protected--since 1991! 1991! That's nearly 30 years of knowledge-building and sharing by this great non-profit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

World class data and information about how to protect our environment and conserve our resources. I'm always referring to CRI information in my presentations on Bottle Bills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Container Recycling Institute has provided well-researched, transparent data and policy analysis that is easy to access on their website. They support effective environmental policies that conserve resources and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, litter, and marine debris. CRI daylights data gaps and testifies at legislative hearings and policy meetings nationally to counter dishonest environmental — in particular packaging lobbiests — who claim that recycling programs are too costly or don’t work well. CRI’s tireless environmental work with political leaders, states, territories, and nonprofit organizations advances and defends outstanding environmental policies.

Donor

Rating: 5


The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) is an outstanding organization that addresses the serious problem of how plastics bottles and other types of packaging are overwhelming our landfills and polluting our oceans. CRI advocates for government, consumers and businesses to find innovative ways to promote the recycling of single-use containers. As a consumer, CRI has helped to raise my awareness of gravity of the problem and motivated me to reduce the use of plastic products and to recycle as much as possible in my household.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Container Recycling Institute is the industry leader on recycling best practices. They've been instrumental in helping our business stay in tune with industry trends, and in researching difficult issues. Their work benefits a global audience, and helps our recycling systems be more effective on the whole.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have learned a lot about recycling, which has helped change my behavior. This is an excellent resource. I am impressed with the dedicated, high quality, and hard working staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have learned a great deal from the amazing education provided by Container Recycling Institute. I thought I knew a lot about recycling before learning about the ground-breaking research into the business of container recycling that they provide. My knowledge and understanding has grown exponentially. They are truly a leader in North American and the world in providing quality consultation to municipalities, industry, government agencies, educators, and environmental activists, to name just a few.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone who has been developing policy and programs for government and non-profits for over thirty years, I have a keen appreciation for the work conducted by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI). CRI’s analysis, technical articles, and reports are unparalleled and speak volumes about the organization's expertise and understanding of the myriad interconnected elements in our resource recovery systems. Their studies of operational and economic dynamics offer insights on recycling performance not provided by any other organization. CRI’s data collection and expert analyses are well-respected and invaluable in developing effective programs to increase the recovery of high-quality recyclables the market demands.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Container Recycling Institute has been an invaluable resource to our business. Our business depends on the supply of good quality recycled glass for its operations. Use of recycled glass makes both business and environmental sense - it lowers our dependency on raw materials, lowers our energy costs and emissions. In addition, our use of recycled glass helps support a robust supply chain in the States in which we operate. The Container Recycling Institute provides rigorous data-driven analyses on recycling rates and practices in the United States and globally. Their analyses provide critical insight to legislators, environmental administrations and the industry. We have used this insight to advocate for more effective and efficient collection and recycling of glass containers. We could not do this without the resources of the Container Recycling Institute. For all of these reasons, we are and will continue to be a member and strong supporter of CRI.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI serves as such a critical, vital information resource in the world of recycling. Its excellent research helps educate the public, media, legislators/regulators and other stakeholders about the recycling approaches that work best to keep plastic, aluminum and other packaging materials out of our environment and landfills. I've learned so much from reading CRI's reports and joining its webinars.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 .

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Donor

Rating: 4

CRI provides the most complete and realiable website I know for understanding how bottle deposit systems work around the world. The analysis, studies and discussion meetings the institution provide strongly help bottle bill advocates, that so often work for non profit organizations with limited budgets. The services CRI provides are thus unique, of excellent quality and extremely helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Container Recycling Institute (CRI) has played a vital, positive role in the national, state and local recycling and sustainable materials management scene for many years. CRI is focused on results, not environmentalist "religion" nor corporate bottom lines nor consumer convenience. CRI supports beverage container deposit legislation because it works better than any other approach (so far). CRI questions the long run wisdom of single-stream recycling collection because of demonstrated degraded materials quality when compared to greater source separation. Under the leadership of Susan Collins, they have sharpened their focus on data-driven policy positions that point us to a sustainable future. CRI generously has provided support to local, state and national efforts to adopt laws, programs and policies that will help conserve resources in an increasingly polluted world. CRI is an "in the trenches" advocate for all of us.

4 Seydel

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a dedicated recycler and consider container deposit systems to be among the most effective methods for collecting and recycling large volumes of metal and plastic containers , keeping them off roadsides and out of landfills and making them available for re-use. I've been a member and supporter of the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) for more than 20 years and have found the clear and concise information CRI provides to be a great resource for helping both decision makers and consumers understand container deposit systems and how well they work. The regular updates members receive from CRI inform us about how various jurisdictions are refining and improving container recycling systems and making them more user friendly. CRI is especially good at helping people understand, using specific examples, how container deposit systems offer substantial economic benefits along with the great litter control and other environmental benefits they bring to participating communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Container Recycilng Institute is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to know more about recycling. Their research is top notch, their policy approach is data driven, and their committment to efficient and effective recycling is unwaivering. CRI is thorough and comprehensive in its analytical approach to the critical issues facing recycling. I rely on CRI for solid, dependable recycling data and information.