CRI - Staff & Consultants

Founded in 1991, CRI has become recognized as the expert source for information on container recycling and container deposit systems, and plays a vital role in educating policymakers, government officials, and the general public regarding the social and environmental impacts of the production and disposal of one-way beverage containers. CRI also works to debunk myths about container recycling promoted by the beverage, retail, and container manufacturing industries.


scollinsnewhsSusan V. Collins, President

Ms. Collins became the President of the Container Recycling Institute in 2009. She leads the Institute’s research projects and works with environmental organizations, businesses, and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling. Prior to 2009, Ms. Collins was a consultant for 20 years and assisted over 80 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. Ms. Collins served on four CalRecycle advisory groups, including the subject of waste accounting. Ms. Collins served on the Board of the California Resource Recovery Association for nine years, and has been on the board of the National Recycling Coalition since 2010. She holds degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Ms. Collins has testified before the legislatures of California, Nevada, Vermont, Minnesota, Maryland, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. She has been quoted in news stories on National Public Radio, PRI’s The World, BBC radio, KNX radio, KCET’s SoCal Connected (TV), Maryland Public Radio, KQED radio, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Boston Globe, Resource Recycling, Waste 360, Plastics News, and Beverage World, among others.



Jason Medbury, Webmaster

Jason has spent the last five years as Technical Director for the educational company Freshi Media, which brings digital media literacy to children around the world.  A graduate of UCLA and partner in the Media Barons Creative Services, Jason has worked on projects and programs with Monster Digital, Grand-Am and ALMS Series Racing, Movies with a Message and the International Family Film Festival.  Jason is excited to work with CRI and extend his knowledge and skills to the organization and its message.


Photo of Chris SparnichtChris Sparnicht, Web Consultant

Chris started in the environmental non-profit world working as office administrator for The GrassRoots Recycling Network in 1998. Since then he has branched out to help other non-profits develop concise, clear and easily navigable websites as a consulting webmaster. In coordination with CRI staff and interns, he has helped develop the general look and feel of CRI's two websites, and Chris has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.


GraceGrace Campbell, Intern

Grace attends and will be graduating from Culver City High School in Summer 2016. Throughout her high school career, Grace has had a passion for the environment and has participated in multiple extracurriculars to pursue that passion. Grace was chosen to  be an EarthWatch Fellow for a two week expedition to South Carolina to study the effects of rising sea levels on coastal ecosystems. Grace also participated in the Youth and Government Program through her local YMCA for four years where she learned the ins and outs of government functions and was given the opportunity to write a mock bill ending the use of microplastics in soaps. Grace plans to pursue undergraduate studies in environmental sciences and environmental policy with a focus on water treatment and control.

As an intern with the CRI, Grace assists with research for special projects, data base support, and producing presentations and promotional items. Grace enjoys her work with the CRI because it is fulfilling and provides great work experience.