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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 10ยข 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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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.

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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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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