CRI hosts webinars throughout the year on topics of interest and importance to the recycling community.

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Return of Refillables in the United States

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM Pacific (7 AM Hawaii, 12 PM Central, 1 PM Eastern)

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Refillable beverage containers are commonly used throughout the world, but not so much in the United States. Join us on December 13, 2018, special webcast on refillables. Each of our guest speakers will describe their company’s approach to using and collecting refillable beverage containers from their customers.

  • Jules Bailey, Chief Stewardship Officer, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
  • Caren McNamara, Founder/CEO, Conscious Container, Truckee, California
  • Thorsten Geuer, Director of Operations, Bayern Brewing Inc., Missoula, Montana
  • Lowell Jooste, Owner, LJ Crafted Wines, La Jolla, California


This webinar will answer the following questions:

  • What are the environmental and economic advantages of refillables?
  • What is the history of refillables in the U.S.?
  • What is the industry standard refillable and how is it different from a single-use bottle?
  • Are refillables more popular outside of the U.S.?
  • How is Oregon effectively promoting refillables?
  • What incentives do consumers have to separate and return refillables in these programs?
  • How have consumers and brands responded to these new approaches?


Please don’t miss this webinar on Thursday, December 13, 2018 and your chance to learn all about refillables and get YOUR questions answered.


Questions: please contact Karen@container-recycling.org


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In May, Vermont’s legislature passed Act 148, a measure aimed at reducing the amount of solid waste the state sends to landfills while maximizing recycling and composting.  This sweeping overhaul contains several provisions including disposal bans on mandated recyclables, yard waste and food residuals, the implementation of parallel recycling and composting programs statewide, and adoption of a Pay-As-You-Throw system.   Additionally, the Agency of Natural Resources is required to conduct an “evaluation of the cost/benefit of expansion of the beverage deposit redemption program and single-stream recycling” with a report and recommendations to be delivered to the legislature by January 2013.

CRI President Susan V. Collins will lead a panel of waste and recycling experts to discuss the new law's merits and opportunities, anticipated logistical challenges, and potential impacts to Vermont's bottle bill.


Cathy Jamieson – Solid Waste Program Manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Teresa Kuczynski – District Manager, Addison County Solid Waste Management District

Michel Marquis - President, 2M Ressources, Inc.

Additional information:

Vermont Act 148 - full text

Vermont Act 148 - summary

This act is the most significant change to Vermont’s solid waste system since 1988.  Please join us on October 4 for a look at how Vermont is striving to maximize recycling at minimal costs to municipalities.

For additional information on CRI's webinars, please contact
Fatemeh Bagheri - fbagheri@container-recycling.org

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