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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

MFBLA

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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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.

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.

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.