FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES – October 18, 2012 – The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) announces the untimely passing of its founder, Patricia F. Franklin, on October 14, 2012 in Morgantown, WV. Ms. Franklin was critically injured the day before when she was struck by a truck in Oakland, MD. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jay D. Franklin, two of her three children, and four grandchildren.
Born May 11, 1941, Pat Franklin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and was a graduate of William and Mary College. She worked as a teacher and was a passionate environmentalist and civic activist who founded the Container Recycling Institute in 1991. Under Ms. Franklin’s leadership, CRI grew to become a leading international non-profit organization that continues to provide information, analysis and support of beverage container deposit laws and recycling programs. Ms. Franklin retired as CRI’s executive director in 2007, with confidence that CRI’s continuing efforts will help realize her vision of a nation that can one day achieve zero beverage container waste. “Pat was not only a tireless activist herself, but she encouraged, educated and inspired countless others to work on advancing recycling. She was such a staunch advocate for container recycling, and made sure that stakeholders at all levels understood the importance of recycling to our environment and our communities,” said Susan V. Collins, President, Container Recycling Institute. “Pat’s early work at CRI laid the groundwork for many of our most important accomplishments, and she will truly be missed. Her exceptional leadership will continue to be felt in our work at CRI.”
Ms. Franklin had retired with husband Jay to homes in Fernandina Beach, FL and Deep Creek Lake, MD, where she continued to champion recycling and many other important causes. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia. Private interment will occur on a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Falls Church. Contributions in Pat Franklin’s memory may be made to either Flying Deer Nature Center, http://flyingdeernaturecenter.org/contact.html or the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, http://www.melanomaresource.org/index.php/site/content/donatetothefoundation/
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This piece originally appeared in the May 2011 issue of Resource Recycling, as part of the article, "Recycling: The Next 10 Years, Part II" by Arthur Boone.
We need to start reporting what is actually recycled, not what is collected for recycling. Process losses occur at the materials recovery facility (MRF) when contaminants are removed, and even greater levels of contamination are removed when materials arrive at paper mills, plastics reclaimers and the like.
For example, The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) recently reported a 29 percent “recycling rate” for PET plastic for 2009, but the same document reports yield of only 21 percent for PET, once the contamination has been removed. Some of the contamination in PET is naturally attached to the bottle, as caps, labels and adhesives. Many of the caps are polypropylene, and they are removed and recycled. When that recycling occurs, the weight of those caps are counted again in the polypropylene recycling rate. The labels, adhesives and other contaminants are disposed of, but their weight has already been counted as “recycling.”
To correct these reporting errors and situations of double-counting, the actual recycling and disposal rates from the processors need to be incorporated into the information that is being reported back to municipalities, state governments and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In these times of high unemployment in the US, few solutions are more urgent – and none more logical – than creating jobs out of what we are throwing away, according to a new study by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) called, “Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers.” Several studies on jobs and recycling have been released this year, and they all show recycling to be an area of jobs growth even during these difficult times. This study is different because it looks specifically at US jobs related to beverage container recycling. The study authors also created a user-friendly jobs calculator, which is available on CRI’s web site (www.container-recycling.org).
Prepared by CM Consulting and Sound Resource Management Group, the study examined the three most common U.S. collection methods for beverage containers: beverage container deposit programs; single-family curbside; and multi-family and “enhanced” curbside, which includes community dropoff bins, self-haul and away-from-home collection. The study explains that the primary driver of jobs in any recycling system is the sheer volume of material entering the system. Container deposit-return (CDR) systems generate dramatically higher volumes of beverage containers than curbside systems, an average of 76 percent recovery in CDR states compared to just 24 percent recovery in non-CDR states.
October 29th, 2010
For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
Laura Haight, NYPIRG, 518-588-5481
Susan Collins, CRI, 310-559-7451
October 31st marks the one-year anniversary of the expansion of New York’s beverage container deposit law, known as the “Bottle Bill,” to include bottled water. While it is too early to measure the full benefits of the new law, state and national recycling advocates are hailing the first year as a success.
“Consumers have adjusted easily to the expanded bottle bill and it is already delivering on its promise of a cleaner and healthier environment,” said Laura Haight, senior environmental associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group. “It has also created new jobs for small businesses and generated critically needed revenue for the state.” Haight noted that:
Nationally, plastic recycling got a significant boost in 2009 due to the expansion of bottle laws in New York, Connecticut and Oregon to include bottled water, most of which is sold in PET plastic bottles.
According to Susan Collins, Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute, “We are seeing excellent growth in recycling rates in the container deposit-refund programs around the country. The expansions in New York, Connecticut and Oregon added nearly four and a half billion containers to deposit programs, and have the potential to increase the nation’s overall beverage container recycling rate by two percentage points.”
Collins continued, “PET reclaimers in the U.S. are hungry for this material. They are busy building new plants in the U.S., and can staff them with new employees as long as the materials are available to them.”
In 2009, New York State updated the Returnable Beverage Container Act (popularly known as the Bottle Bill) and added water bottles to the list of beverage containers requiring a minimum 5-cent refundable deposit. Under the new law, beverage companies are now required to transfer 80% of the unredeemed deposits to the state General Fund (previously, beverage companies kept all the unclaimed deposits). In addition, the new law increased the handling fee for retailers and redeemers to 3.5 cents per container (previously, the handling fee had been set at 2 cents since 1997). The expansion went into effect on October 31st, 2009, after a 5-month delay due to a lawsuit from the bottled water industry.
A statewide survey of retailers conducted by NYPIRG in February 2010 found widespread compliance with the new law, making the transition for consumers of bottled water relatively seamless. The vast majority of retailers surveyed accepted water bottles back for redemption (93%). Most of the stores only sold properly labeled water bottles (75%) or only had one or two brands of water that were not properly labeled (20%). The only widespread compliance problem documented was the failure by most stores (74%) to post the signage required under the new law notifying consumers of their rights.
While the state of New York has not yet collected its annual survey data on beverage container sales and redemption for the period since the expansion went into effect, Collins noted that in Oregon, which added a deposit on water bottles on January 1, 2009, the quantity of rigid plastic containers collected increased 18% from 2008 to 2009. Oregon’s 2009 Material Recovery and Waste Generation Rates Report says this “likely shows the effect of including water bottles” in that state’s container deposit-refund system. Nationally, PET recycling rates increased 1% from 2008 to 2009, according to the National Association of PET Container Recovery (NAPCOR) and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR.)
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