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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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In the past few months, the recycling world has been rocked by media reports that recycling is no longer profitable, especially glass recycling. In this webinar, experts from the glass collection, processing and manufacturing industries will address the facts behind the hysteria and explain why glass recycling—when done according to a few proven best practices—is more viable, more efficient and more important than ever.

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

Panelists Include:

Michelle Goth- Regional Business Manager, Ripple Glass

Michelle Goth has been with Ripple Glass since 2012. Michelle primarily focuses on helping communities outside of Kansas City recycle glass. She also enjoys managing Ripple’s social media accounts and connecting with recyclers. Michelle came to Ripple Glass from Cerner Corporation, where she managed technical training programs. She holds a degree in Finance from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and a M.B.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Michelle also serves on the Missouri Recycling Association board, and was recently re-elected Treasurer.
Scott E. Colangelo,  Senior Research Associate and a member of Owens Corning’s Senior Technical Staff

Scott has been in the glass industry for 30 years and with Owens Corning for 25 years.    With his time at Owens Corning, Scott has broad glass and melting experienceproducing Composite and Insulation fiberglass products.   Scott currently has global raw material and glass technical responsibilities for Owens Corning’s Insulation business.
Matt Riggs –Outreach Coordinator, Mid-America Regional Council

Matt Riggs works as the Outreach Coordinator for the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District. His job responsibilities include coordinating the regional recycling website, RecycleSpot.org and the Recycle More education campaign, the Kansas City Environmental Education Network, and the MARC Green Team. Matt has an alter ego by the name of “Eco Elvis” which he uses to “edutain” people about recycling and environmental issues.



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Fatemeh Bagheri - fbagheri@container-recycling.org

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