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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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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