4 Big Recycling Myths Tossed Out

July 13th, 2015 - America's recycling system is in crisis. That's the picture the Washington Post recently painted in a damning story on the state of recycling in the United States. First, the mixed-material "blue bins," designed to decrease the hassle of sorting, are contaminating the recycling coming into facilities—meaning recyclable materials end up getting chucked into landfills along with trash.  Read More

New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

July 7th, 2015 - More Americans than ever have access to curbside recycling programs. But recycling in the United States has hit hard times. After years of steady growth, recycling rates have stalled at a little more than 34 percent, meaning only about a third of our total waste avoids the landfill. Meanwhile, low global commodity prices are putting a financial squeeze on recycling companies. And changes to what we put into our bins is making it more difficult to separate paper, glass, aluminum and plastic. Companies are passing costs along to cities and counties who are now shelling out cash for a service that once brought in revenue. We look at what this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States. Featuring CRI President Susan Collins CRI  Read More

How to fix Philly's long-running litter epidemic

June 8th, 2015 - Philadelphia - Talmadge Belo, Jr. remembers North Philadelphia’s golden days — a time when people washed the front steps of their tidy row houses, pitched in to sweep litter off the street, and painted sidewalk curbs bright white. Read More

SoCal Connected Segment Featuring CRI's Executive Director Nominated for Emmy Award

June 5th, 2015 - The segment Bottle-to-Bottle: The Future of Recycling featuring Susan V. Collins has been nominated for a Feature Segment Emmy Award!  Winners will be announced at the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards presentation on Saturday evening, July 25, 2015 at The Skirball Cultural Center Guerin Pavilion in Herscher Hall.. Read More

NRCM Testimony in Opposition to LD 1204, An Act to Increase Recycling and Composting by Creating the Maine Recycling Fund

April 23rd, 2015 - Senator Saviello, Representative Welsh, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, my name is Sarah Lakeman and I am the Sustainable Maine Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. I appreciate this opportunity to testify in opposition to LD 1204. Read More