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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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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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

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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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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.

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.

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.

1 Sara32

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 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Container Recycling Institute when I enrolled in a state certificate program for resource management and recycling. I was so impressed with CRI's mission that I pursued a volunteer opportunity with them. I am now happy to say that I am gainfully employed with the organization. It is such a rewarding experience to be working every day to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills and to educate others on the importance of closed loop recycling systems that decrease our dependence on virgin materials. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be doing something that I am passionate about!

Paul46

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an environmental engineer specializing in water quality issues, I'm grateful to the CRI for its efforts to reduce the type of nonpoint source water pollution caused by hundreds of thousands of littered beverage containers. Stuff flows downhill. And the best proof of that comes after any major storm event in any major city, when plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other forms of litter get washed into storm drains and out into the public waterway. It's a serious and expensive issue, bad for the public image, and potentially harmful to wildlife. I've heard the argument that deposits aren't necessary because bottles and cans are a "minor portion" of the litter stream. Anyone who really believes that needs to join me in a stream or lakeshore cleanup.