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Weekly Headlines 
  November 8th, 2013 


CRI in the News

US buying more drink containers, recycling less, says CRI report
November 5th, 2013 - Americans purchased many more beverage containers than they recycled over the last decade, losing a huge opportunity to generate energy from waste and curb greenhouse gases according to new data from the U.S.-based Container Recycling Institute (CRI).
Solid Waste Mag

Beverage container recycling struggles to gain ground
November 7th, 2013 - A new study on beverage container recycling in the U.S. indicates sales of beverage containers continued to ascend between 2000 and 2010, but recycling rates barely budged during the decade.         Resource Recycling

CRI's Susan Collins on KNX1070
Check out this radio segement from KNX1070 featuring CRI's Susan Collins and our latest Bottled UP Report.    CRI


New at CRI

Have you downloaded your copy of the CRI Bottled Up Report?
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) has just released its signature report on container recycling rates and trends in the United States. Based on more than two dozen data sources, from the beverage market to U.S. census tables, "Bottled Up: Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates (2000-2010)," shows that sales of disposable beverage containers have grown dramatically-up by 22 percent from 2000-2010-with per capita consumption soaring by 8 percent over the same period.  Learn More

CRI would like to recognize new and renewing members:

Paul Hebert
John Guevarra
NCRA Board Members
Subodh Das
Mary Wood - Texas Bottle Bill


Deposit News

Guam Legislature revisits possible bottle recycling law
November 4th, 2013 - Guam - A 2010 Guam law that requires a deposit of at least 5 cents for every beverage container on island, is being revisited in the Guam Legislature.    Guam PDN

Senators debate bottle-recycling bill
November 7th, 2013 - Guam - Senators in session yesterday continued debate on a bill that would amend a bottle-recycling law.  Guam PDN

Advocates fight to reform Michigan recycling regulations
November 4th, 2013 - Michigan - A 2011 Michigan Department of Treasury study found the enactment of a 10 cent deposit on plastic bottles in Michigan, which began in 1976, has created a 95.9 percent bottle return rate – the highest in the nation.   CM-Life

Albertans ready to set recycling record
November 7th, 2013 - CA - Albertans are set to recycle a mind-boggling two billion beverage containers this year, which is great news for the environment, says the province’s bottle-depot board.  Stalbert Gazette

CalRecycle grapples with cash shortfall
November 7th, 2013 - CA - The beverage container recycling program in America’s most populous state is running an operating deficit of about $100 million, and state officials are looking at a number of ways to balance the books.  Resource Recycling

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Bay Area Trash Summit
Friday. November 15, 2013 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA, 95110  Learn More

AOR Fall Forum
Improving Materials Quality: Opportunities and Best Practices
Thurs, Nov 14, 11:30am-4pm
Happy Hour 4pm-6pm (sponsored by Arrow Sanitary Service)
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR  Learn More


Did you miss the latest CRI webinars? Members can download them now at the CRI site! 

Non-Members can purchase previous webinar recordings for   $49 each.

September 12th, 2013:

Click here (Members only)

July 31st, 2013:

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Check out the latest publications from CRI:

BOTTLED UP (2000-2010) - Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates.

A Common Theme

This latest report from CRI and expert contributors from the field shows that sales of disposable beverage containers have increased over the past 10 years, while recycling rates have stagnated.


A Common Theme

As Vermont strives for a zero waste future, expanding Vermont’s Bottle Bill is the next logical step to increase recycling, prevent litter, enhance local economic activity, and cut costs for government and citizens.


While recycling's impact on jobs has been the subject of several studies in recent years, Returning to Work is the first report to take into account the vital importance of material quality, throughput quantities, processing dynamics and end-user needs to analyze the net gains in domestic jobs when beverage containers are recovered through recycling.


Beverage, Packaging and Recycling News

Brand New Technology Yields PET Cups From Recycled Resin
November 2nd, 2013 - WA - Packaging's future is developing in a factory located just north of Seattle in the small city of Arlington, WA.            Product Stewardship

Honestly, This Is Way Cooler And More Informative Than Any Earth Day Poster
November 4th, 2013 - NYC - Now this is a hella cool way to frame an environmental message. On New York City’s Governers Island stands a structure large enough to dance in and filled with bright, beautiful light during the day.   Upworthy

Issaquah, Wash., voters to decide fate of plastic bag ban
November 1st, 2013 - WA - Voters in Issaquah, Wash., will have an opportunity to repeal the city’s plastic bag ban in early 2014.
Plastic News

How Recycling Matters
November 4th, 2013 - Why do you recycle?  At some point, we have to talk about impact.  Because not all recycling is created equal.  How you recycle stuff matters.  In some cases it matters as much if not more than whether you recycle at all.  Max-R

PET, HDPE bottle recycling inches forward in 2012
November 7th, 2013 - An annual report on HDPE and PET plastic bottle collection and recycling in the U.S. shows recycling activity picked up slightly in 2012 while only nominal growth was seen in consumption.
Resource Recycling


About Container Recycling Institute

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. Visit us at www.container-recycling.org.

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