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Review for Container Recycling Institute, Culver City, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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