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

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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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Over the past year, many stakeholders have been calling for reform to the California Beverage Container Recycling & Litter Reduction Act; since the January 2016 closure of hundreds of redemption centers, the calls are getting louder. If you want to understand the most up-to-date financial status of CalRecycle’s Recycling Fund, we invite you to join us on our next webcast.

We’ll provide answers to questions we hear frequently, such as:
    •    What are the policy reasons behind the structure of the program?
    •    Which stakeholders receive payments from the program, and how large are the payments?
    •    What is the status of the loan repayments?
    •    What is the status of CalRecycle’s financial deficit?
    •    What are proportional reductions, and when will they begin?
    •    What are legislators talking about in terms of reform this year?
    •    Are the redemption centers being underpaid for processing recyclables and by how much?
    •    What can be done to correct the situation?

Susan V. Collins, President of CRI, will narrate the ever-changing financial status of California’s program. While “proportional reductions” have been staved off for the last few years, CalRecycle is looking to implement proportional reductions yet again, perhaps beginning as soon as March 2018.

Tune in to see which entities would be affected if the status of the fund does not improve and if proportional reductions are implemented, among other implications.

Panelists Include:

Susan Collins- President, Container Recycling Institute

Jenny Gitlitz - CRI consultant

Ed Dunn – Executive Director, San Francisco Community Recyclers


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

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