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

Upcoming Webinars

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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California’s cost-effective beverage container recycling program continues to be one of the best programs in the U.S. with an 82% recycling rate. However, the increase in the recycling rate has put a strain on the program’s finances. CalRecycle is currently holding a series of workshops to actively solicit input on ways to streamline the fund’s cash flow.

CRI’s Susan Collins will lead a panel of state and private sector experts in discussing the current state of California’s beverage container deposit program, which factors make it so successful and how to provide comments to CalRecycle. Updates will include the status of borrowing of funds by the State, the repayment schedule, and CalRecycle’s investigation of out-of-state containers brought in to California recycling centers. You’ll also learn about California’s unique process of assessing the cost of doing business for California recyclers, in order to reimburse them on a cost-per-container basis.


Additonal Documentation

CalRecycle Handling Fee Cost Survey

CalRecycle Processing Fee Cost Survey


Presenters include:

John Halligan and Mike Miller – CalRecycle

Wendy Pratt – NewPoint Group

Rod Rougelot - rePLANET

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

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