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Duty to Warn: New Impending Crises & Price Drops and How that Impacts Recycling Programs

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM Pacific (7:30 AM Hawaii, 11:30 PM Central, 12:30 PM Eastern)

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Here at CRI, we’ve recently uncovered some startling facts. In the last few months, CRI’s exclusive research gives us a sense that we have a duty to warn our members in the US recycling community about new financial challenges for 2019.

This webinar will address the following questions:

  • Why has there been such a large drop in prices for aluminum cans (UBCs) recently?
  • We’ve seen dramatically lower material revenues for recyclables, but how long will the downturn last? Is this a temporary change, or the new normal?
  • Which materials have strong domestic markets, which have historically relied on exports, and how is that changing in 2019?
  • There have been big announcements by big brands: they say they want to use more recycled content, but where will that material come from? Will this help cities and states with long-sought-after market development?
  • Now that more than 1,000 redemption centers have closed in California in the last four years, what is the forecast for California redemption centers in 2019, and what will that mean for the beverage container recycling rate nationally?
  • Many communities around the US have made changes to their curbside recycling programs. With changes to the mix of materials collected, changes to market availability and declining prices, what does that mean for the average cost of recycling collection?
  • What might all of this mean for future price increases for ratepayers?

On a related note, we’ll also walk everyone through our new fact sheet on payments to curbside and dropoff programs in California through the beverage container recycling program: demystifying the complex, 5-part system of payments to curbside programs.


Susan V. Collins, President of Container Recycling Institute
Jenny Gitlitz, Consultant, Container Recycling Institute

Please don’t miss this webinar on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 and your chance to learn all about CRI’s recent research, while getting YOUR questions answered.

Questions: please contact Karen@container-recycling.org


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Webinar Information

The container deposit system in Oregon is unique amongst those in existence. Topics will range from the history and future of the Oregon Deposit Law to new technology at bottle drop centers, including the basic structure from the view points of both the consumer and distributor, environmental performance, and how the container redemption network operates.

CRI’s Susan Collins will moderate the panel of experts.

Panelists Include:

John Anderson- President, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

John Andersen, President of OBRC for the last seven years, has been in involved in Oregon's Bottle Bill for over two decades.  Prior to becoming president, John spent time working in many areas of Oregon's Bottle Bill including plant operations, transportation, reverse vending operations and government affairs.

Clayton Kyle – CEO, CLYNK

Clayton Kyle has been active as both a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in the Portland Maine area for more than 20 years.

In 2005, he was part of an investment team that purchased the technology and developed the business model for CLYNK, a unique, convenient bottle redemption service located in 48 Hannaford supermarkets across Maine. He has operated as CLYNK’s CEO since 2008; today CLYNK is the largest redemption service in Maine and, along with, along with its partner in Oregon, will be responsible for the collection of more than 130,000,000 containers in 2014.

Peter Spendelow – Natural Resource Specialist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Peter Spendelow has been a recycling specialist and solid waste policy analyst for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) since 1985. Peter is responsible for collecting and analyzing data on solid waste disposal and recycling, including conducting of Oregon waste composition studies and providing advice and evaluation of Oregon's recycling and waste prevention programs, including the Bottle Bill.


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

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