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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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah K. N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI has been an invaluable resource for me as I work to improve recycling and reduce waste in my State. Their data, expert analyses, and helpful staff make them a unique and special organization. I can't imagine how much more difficult my job would be without their assistance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CRI is an incredible nonprofit dedicated to bringing a rapid increase in recycling and creating a better, more sustainable environment! The team could not be more capable, the cause could not be more relevant, and the work they do could not be more valuable. The collaborations and information that CRI brings to the table is progress in the making.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We strongly believe that responsible plastics recycling is an integral part of sustainable development and is an area where the U.S. should lead the world. CRI is a leader in the U.S. recycling industry who is currently working on enhancing multiple aspects of our recycling infrastructure. CRI’s role is to provide valuable information and to educate its members and the public at large about the latest industry developments and practices thus promoting efficient recycling and other forms of sustainable development. We are proud to be a member of CRI.

Bonnie MacInnis S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CRI is an outstanding nonprofit focused on closing the loop on beverage containers and other packaging materials that litter our oceans and fill our landfills when not recycled and reused. I've been fortunate to work on some of their projects and know first-hand the quality and value of their work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI is a fantastic resource for information with dedicated staff and steadfast adherence to their mission principles.

Advisor

Rating: 5

CRI provides unparalleled support to members, policymakers, and system operators on how container deposit and return systems (DRS) work best. They are really the only source of unbiased, nationwide research and analysis on DRS, and their work has meant that these systems work better, and that they are on the cusp of expansion.

MFBLA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI is an amazingly valuable resource for recycling research, policy analysis and current developments. They provide information on the recycling industry that you can't find anywhere else.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI provides such valuable resources on the latest recycling issues. Its research and analyses are vital to gaining a better understanding of industry challenges and solutions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing non-profit looking to reduce waste and containers in landfills by increasing recycling. Absolutely a topic I’m behind. Love the dedicated people who are involved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI has been a "One of a Kind" source for accurate, detailed, and current information on the bottle bill in California and many other states that we can refer too. Their analysis and summary reports are on topic and backed up with data we can use. It is a challenging time for everyone, but to have CRI available to help our team, means we are stronger.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that is the leader in providing unbiased data on the economics of recycling in the United States and abroad. Also a key media source for correct information on recycling policy and legislation, the recycling industry, and evidence-based solutions to moving in the direction of a circular economy.

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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

I've been involved in dozens of nonprofits, but few of them are as professionally managed as the Container Recycling Institute. Although CRI is best known for its advocacy for something invariably described as "controversial"—refundable deposits on beverage containers—it has an unassailable reputation for fairness, diligence, competence and objectivity and has made significant progress toward consensus. CRI's fact-based approach and collegial style, combined with its decades of vetted research, reams of data and commitment to working with all stakeholder groups, has earned it a broad base of support that ranges from bottlers and government agencies to manufacturers and environmental activists. I'm proud to be among them.

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI provides an invaluable service America's recycling system. It's difficult to overstate how fundamental the CRI team's research is to informing America's recycling policies and debate. Without it, we all would be at the whims of whoever's megaphone was loudest rather than grounded in facts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit organization.
Keeping the earth clean is important for this generation and many more generations to come.
Thank you for wonderful work to benefit people, animals and plants

ProtectCRV

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I need solid statisitics, CRI is where I go to get them. As an unaffiliated research entity, I know I can count on them to supply facts and numbers that are unbiased and accurate. 5 stars all the way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI is the go-to source for Beverage Marketing Data--how many beverages are sold nationally and how many containers are wasted or recycled. They are the national voice for sanity when it comes to keeping plastics, glass and metals out of landfills.

Sara32

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI has been my go to for all things container recycling since I discovered them in 2004. My nonprofit, Moab Solutions has a lot of projects, almost all of which rely on having a healthy and functioning recycle center in our small town of Moab, UT. CRI and it's array of resources has been most helpful in our advocacy work.

We have learned, and continue to learn, so much from this stellar nonprofit. I had the honor of speaking with the founder of CRI, Pat Franklin, in the early 2000s. she is a woman I admire very much. Her courage to start and maintain CRI helped me in the early days of Moab Solutions. THANKS CRI!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI provides credible and comprehensive data collection and analysis. Their research and work products are uniquely valuable to inform and influence legitimate, effective strategies to reduce plastic pollution.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As PET reclaimers we highly value CRI as the one organization whose position has been in full support of deposit legislation from the onset providing substantive evidentiary data without hesitation to all sides in the ever-ongoing debate on scrap collection practices.
CRI is a fantastic asset to recycling industry practitioners, stakeholders and anyone interested in circular economic metrics. Their reports are first rate; concise and present facts in a manner conducive to impartial analysis while eliminating misconceptions on many pertinent topics.
Susan Collins is a phenomenal source of information and effectively disseminates the great story of the Recycler’s mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The knowledge and data provided by the staff at the Container Recycling Institute has been an invaluable asset to the work that I do. As an advocate of sustainable solid waste policy, it's critical to have reliable facts and figures to make a compelling argument to decision makers. Susan Collins is incredibly skilled at explaining complicated concepts clearly and succinctly; and knowing exactly how to get to the heart of an issue, which she can then back up with solid data. In my opinion, CRI is the most valuable recycling/waste organization in the country.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI plays a key role for the Zero Waste Community -- they are the experts to the experts. Whenever I am trying to understand or communicate reduction, reuse, or recycling of glass, aluminum, plastic, or paper, I check in with Susan Collins and her team. Not only do they have the data or analysis I am missing -- often they think to ask the questions no one else has.

The existence and support of CRI enables me to efficiently do my job with confidence. If we are ever to achieve Zero Waste in the United States, it will due to organizations like the Container Recycling Institute.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Susan Collins and the entire Container Recycling Institute team are an essential and critical non-profit organization when it comes to protecting, informing and expanding our recycling and waste reduction programs across the United States. We are continually impressed with how CRI puts forward accountable data, speaks with authority in legislative hearings and produces impactful research all to ensure our established recycling and forward thinking waste solutions are not diminished or threatened. We just saw an impressive CRI presentation on Waste at the Craft Brewers Conference, loaded with data and information to help craft brewers see the value and impacts of sustainable packaging. Highly suggest everyone subscribe and read the CRI Newsletter!

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.

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.

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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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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about CRI as an environmental science teacher and used the web site for years to help teach our recycling unit. The students are always amazed at the bottle counter on the home page which gives them a visual of the number of bottles being thrown away instead of recycled. CRI has become an invaluable resource in our efforts to draft and pass container deposit legislation in Maryland.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without doubt the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) is one of the most authoritative and reliable sources of information on the recovery, reuse, and closed loop recycling of beverage containers, packaging and printed paper in North America. Since the 1980s I have worked as an environmental lawyer and policy analyst on all aspects of solid and hazardous waste management issues in Canada, mainly for government agencies but also for ENGOs and representing residents in legal battles. In these capacities I have relied, for more than 20 years, on CRI’s information and innovative reports in my research, analysis and reporting for books, reports, articles and reviews on deposit-refund laws and waste diversion. I have been a member for a number of years and I am always impressed by the quality of CRI’s approach and CRI’s willingness to consider the perspectives of all stakeholders in formulating its approach. CRI also is fair and uses its web site to share industry and government responses to its reports.

Since its launch in 1991, the CRI has published hundreds of articles and reports and held dozens of webinars (in recent years) on a range of issues related to container reuse and recycling, and waste. I have taken advantage of many of its the webinars and learned a great deal in the process.

The current Executive Director, Susan Collins, has written dozens of articles, made presentations and conference papers and participated in countless media interviews. Having worked with dozens of EDs at various NGOs in Canada and the US, I would note without any hesitation that her work is uniformly excellent. Moreover, Susan and her talented staff are exceptionally dedicated to providing accurate and timely information, technical assistance and tools to local citizens, community groups and public and elected officials, as well as media outlets, considering aspects of deposit and curbside systems to recycle or reuse containers and packaging.

CRI also is one of the few non-profits working in the environmental and community building sectors that consistently achieves the deliverables set out in their mission statement. These include: maintaining "a database of information on container and packaging generation, disposal, recovery and recycling in the United States and abroad"; critically analyzing container and packaging reuse and recycling options and legislation, including deposit systems, and their environmental and economic impacts; and educating local, state and national government agencies and elected officials, industry, community groups, and others on the environmental , economic and social aspects of recovery, reuse, and closed loop recycling of beverage containers, packaging and printed paper. If you are looking to donate to an exceptional organization that has delivered on its mandate for decades to reduce solid waste going to landfills and incinerators, conserve energy and resources, reduce pollution and promote green economics, CRI is one of your best options.

David McRobert, Barrister and Solicitor, 3 Burrows St., Peterborough, ON K9J 0A1

2 Clayton K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Clayton Kyle
CLYNK
South Portland, Maine

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Director of a Non-profit that works on recycling policy issues. CRI is the most dependable source of information on container recycling and waste issues.....period. They are so good that our state environmental officials often rely on their data to make crucial policy decisions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Container Recycling Institute (CRI) is the ultimate resource for everyone who is involved in recycling beverage containers. CRI's Weekly Headlines and webinars are your best source of the latest news and information about container recycling not only in the U.S. but other countries as well. CRI also helped us with networking and obtaining information from other stakeholders. Great job Susan and Fatemeh! Mahalo and Aloha

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CRI gives me recycling news when they're not crunching numbers. What's not to love? Thanks CRI!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Container Recycling Institute is a tremendously valuable resource to anyone who cares about the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. They are experts, but in the most useful way. They break things down so that anyone from a layperson to a scholar with several degrees can get their head around the issue. Along with all their great research and writing, they have charts/graphs/visuals that really hammer home the data points. Our organization has used their publications more times than I can possibly remember. At one recent event, when their director came to Boston, we filled a room at the State House for her presentation, and got hugely positive feedback. CRI is one of a kind.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CRI is an impressive organization that will continue to thrive by making this world a cleaner, less wasteful place to live. CRI’s ability to conduct research and provide relevant, meaningful data is why it will continue to succeed in this ever-changing world. We should not take CRI’s work for granted.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been aware of CRI for the past six months and rely on them for recycling news. They are a wonderful organization and one I highly recommend. Great work, CRI!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For being such a small organization, I am constantly impressed by the work and outreach of this group. They have definitely influenced many of my personal and professional actions when concerning container recycling and general environmental accountability. A+++

Ben_39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They get to the source and provide the necessary data to make positive change all across the country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am always so grateful to see the work CRI does. Without CRI the cutting edge research on packaging recycling would not see the light of day. They are one of a kind and do so much to keep our planet free from waste - they are a steward of the environment and should be thanked.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Container Recycling Institute is the ideal combination of expert/deep on policy and layperson friendly. In other words, while CRI has facts and figures galore, they always present and distill them in such useful ways. And let's not overlook the friendly, responsive staff---not something to take for granted. 5 stars, plus a hip hip hooray for CRI.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work of CRI is vital, as deposit-refund programs are the most effective way to increase recycling, reduce litter, and reduce associated costs to towns and taxpayers. Plastic bottle and beverage container wasting is a disaster for the planet and the plastic in the ocean is getting into our food supply. Unfortunately, some beverage container lobbyists continue to fight bottle bills. CRI's research is imperative to counter the opposition, which are few in numbers, but large in dollars. These programs are in place all over the world. In the US, the ten states with bottle bills recycle more containers than the other 40 states combined!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Billions of beverage containers litter our streets, parks, and waterways or are landfilled every year. This is a huge loss of resources and potential green jobs. The most effective way to recycle containers is container deposit programs (known as bottle bills.) Where bottle bills exist, recycling rates are double or triple compared to areas without. In fact, the ten deposit states recycle more containers than the other 40 combined. Opponent lobbyists to bottle bills are strong and well funded, spending millions to defeat this most effective and citizen supported recycling program. The Container Recycling Institute provides information and supports bottle bill programs. It's one of the best organizations promoting recycling and anti litter issues. I've always been an avid recycler, but before I knew about CRI, I didn't understand the importance bottle bills have to recycling. The work of CRI is vital to continue this advocacy effort.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredibly helpful on efforts to increase reccling by implementing an update to the amss bottle bill.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Container Recycling Institute has provided invaluable expertise in our zero-waste campaigns in Vermont. We have received numerous reports, advice, and other resources as needed. Every request for information has been promptly and thoughtfully provided. I would highly recommend this organization to any individual or group working on solid waste and recycling issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an environmental economist studying the economic and environmental impacts of our policies for managing our discarded resources (typically called "wastes"), I've been very impressed with the work of CRI in their efforts to promote higher level recovery of the resources in used beverage containers. CRI consistently brings reliable empirical data and well thought out analyses to their advocacy for beverage container deposit-refund systems as a very effective way to get more containers recycled, and less resources wasted from container disposal in garbage and trash.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CPI has professionally and exuberantly assisted our State wide resource recovery association with education and outreach materials, as well as Technical assistance. We found the Professional staff at CPI to be well spoken, engaging and very knowledgeable. Overall, our involvement with CPI for speaking engagements and industry literature review was enjoyable, profitable and very well received by our clients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved both as a volunteer and contractor for CRI for many years. The organization has been an intergral part of policy development around container management and continues to push law-makers towards decisions based on fact. Without CRI the United States would likely not be acheiving the recycling rates that they are, and thanks to CRI they are likely to improve over the next few years. Their work is professional and reliable and serves not only organizations, governments and industry in the United States, but throughout the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been connected to CRI for over 20 years as a leader and volunteer. The organization has always worked to remain above the fray and provide unbiased, fully documented information on recycling. The giant corporations who complain about CRI's product are all those who would enjoy financial gain from weaker recycling programs, and they have never offered credible rebuttals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since 2009 when I started working on Deposit legislation for Texas, CRI has never failed to provide accurate, current, defendable, data that has proven repeatedly, to validate national and international claims of deposit legislation working in multiple states, and countries, over multiple years. The research behind CRI's publications stand the test of time and reflect professional, intellectual, transparent research. I cannot speak highly enough about this organization's goal, of making this world a better place, with factual data and commitment of purpose.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CRI has been a central voice and resource in the movement to end wasting and move towards rational, efficient resource managment for as long as I have been in the solid waste and recycling industry (1991 - present). CRI monitors resource management issues and policy, and produces reports and studies that are broadly sued in relevant policy areas. CRI also provides analysis of packaging and resource management issues and events that provide critical context and historical continuity.

Sharon27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Container Recycling Institute provides invaluable information, education and outreach to help people understand why recycling is so important for protecting our environment! The website is very user friendly and filled with great information. Recycling is one of the most important things we can do to protect our environment, reduce trash pollution and help reduce global warming. Way to go, CRI!