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The California Redemption Center Crisis—An Opportunity for Innovation

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 10:00AM Pacific (7 AM Hawaii, 12 PM Central, 1 PM Eastern)

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Join our November 8, 2017, special webcast that focuses on the Golden State, a global trendsetter in container recycling.  Learn more about the California Redemption Center Crisis from top experts. Review findings of recent CRI studies about:

  • County by County Redemption Center Losses;
  • Growing Numbers of Closed Redemption Centers; 
  • Audit Data from CalRecycle, and Much More!

We’ll provide answers to the most frequently asked questions, such as:

  • The history of the Recycling Center Crisis in CA: How did we get here?
  • What are the most viable short-term and long-term fixes?
  • What emergency measures has CalRecycle proposed to the Reasonable Financial Return and will this solve the crisis?
  • What is Bill SB 458 and what kind of disruption, technology and apps might it allow for?

We’ll also look at other news in brief including:

  • What is happening with container deposit laws worldwide?
  • Who is Plasticus and how did he help the Sky Ocean campaign in Scotland?

And last but not least:

  • Say what? Coke is supporting container deposits in Scotland and the U.K.?
  • What happened at the CalRecycle Packaging Reform Workshop? 


Susan V. Collins, President of CRI, will moderate a panel of experts:

Kevin Drew – Zero Waste Coordinator, City of San Francisco

James Nachbaur, Ph.D., Assistant Director, CalRecycle

Tom Wright, Founder, Sustainable Bizness Practices

Please don’t miss this webinar on November 8, 2017 and your chance to delve into the details surrounding the complex and fascinating world of container recycling in California and get all of YOUR questions answered about what’s happening in the most populous state in the United States.

Tune in on November 8th to get all your questions answered during the LIVE Q&A at the end of the presentation!


For questions, please contact: karen@container-recycling.org


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In his New York Times opinion piece, John Tierney concluded that recycling is  “wasteful….costly and ineffectual.” We know this isn’t true, but we also know there’s room for improvement. With that in mind, our next webcast will deconstruct a familiar but critical issue—contamination—to examine how much material is lost in the recycling process so that we can design better systems that don’t lose so much. Contamination of materials is one problem that has numerous impacts on stakeholders invested in recycling - including consumers and environmentalists.
The webcast will explain the difference between the contamination that happens when curbside recycling bins are filled with items that shouldn’t be there, and the contamination that results when material is improperly sorted. We will look at three research studies that examined materials after they were sorted and quantified how much material was improperly sorted. 
Join the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, NAPCOR, and the American Forest and Paper Association as they discuss the effects contamination has on recycling and utilization of materials. Single stream versus mixed waste, including the economics of differing systems will also be addressed.

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

Panel Includes:

Resa Dimino - Director of Public Policy, NAPCOR

Resa is the Director of Public Policy for the National Association for PET Container Resources and has more than 20 years of experience in recycling policy, programs and business development. At NAPCOR she focuses on policy issues that are in accordance with NAPCOR’s mission: promoting and protecting the PET package, and increasing the collection of postconsumer PET packaging as integral to its sustainable attributes. 

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

Peter has worked on solid waste and recycling issues for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality since 1985, beginning with implementation of Oregon's 1983 Recycling Opportunity Act, and most recently helping to develop and pass legislation in 2015 implementing Oregon's Materials Management program. Peter has also overseen Oregon's seven waste composition studies and two recycling composition studies since 1992. Other areas of work include the Oregon Bottle Bill, plastics recycling, used oil recycling, and solid waste and recycling policy development and interpretation.

Brian Hawkinson – Executive Director, Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

Brian is executive director, Recovered Fiber, at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In this capacity, he manages issues and programs that promote increased paper recovery for recycling. He is a former adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and is a past member of the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition.
Brian holds a BBA from James Madison University and an MBA from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.


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

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