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Publications

Featured Publication


  • new icon Understanding Delaware’s Universal Recycling Law  (May 2016)

    The American Beverage Association (ABA) recently released an “Issue Analysis” which examines the impacts of Delaware’s new Universal Recycling Law, implemented in 2011. The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) has prepared this fact sheet to provide additional information not currently presented in ABA’s analysis.
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  •  Integrity of California’s Beverage Container Deposit System  Threatened by Processing Payment Shortfalls - Report (Updated: April 2016)

    Declining scrap prices coupled with problematic compensation formulas have produced processing payment shortfalls that have already forced the closure of more than 400 redemption centers in California, posing a serious threat to the state’s beverage container recycling infrastructure and sharply constricting consumers’ ability to recover the CRV (container refund value) to which they are entitled.
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  •  Processing Payment Shortfall FactSheet (Updated: April 2016)

    Though it would require a statutory change, CRI recommends that the processing payment calculation method be reevaluated to protect the solvency of the recycling centers upon which the California beverage container recycling infrastructure depends.
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  • BCcasestudycoverBC Case Study: The Environmental and Economic Performance of Beverage Container Reuse and Recycling in British Columbia, Canada - August 2015


    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) undertook this case study of British Columbia’s container deposit-refund law (CDL) for two reasons: first, to expand CRI’s existing body of research on best practices for the recovery and quality recycling of packaging materials; and second, to investigate recent increases in container recycling fees (CRF) in the province, especially for glass containers. Get a Download Link

    Encorp’s response letter to the BC Case Study - Download Here

  • Comparative Table of Container Deposit States Inclusion of Cider in Respective Container Deposit Laws - July 2015

    Comprehensive list of Container Deposit States that do include Cider in their container deposit laws.
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  • Estimating Beverage Container Litter Quantities and Cleanup Costs in Michigan - April 2015

    This paper looks at litter cleanup efforts and associated costs in Michigan, and attempts to determine the proportion of litter composed of discarded beverage containers.
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  • Beverage Container Recycling Rate March 2015 Update

    Listing of Beverage Container Recycling Rates by State for Deposit Containers Only.
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  • Understanding Delaware’s Universal Recycling Law (February 2015)

    The American Beverage Association (ABA) recently released an “Issue Analysis” which examines the impacts of Delaware’s new Universal Recycling Law, implemented in 2011. The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) has prepared this fact sheet to provide additional information not currently presented in ABA’s analysis.
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  • Comparison of Container Deposit Programs in the United States (September 2014)

    This paper compares state specific container deposit program information. Because of different reporting requirements across beverage container deposit states some information was obtained from some states, while the same information was not available from other states.
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  • Examining the Potential for Increased Revenues in California’s Beverage Container Deposit-­‐Return Program (August 13, 2014)

    CRI’s analysis suggests that there may be nearly 3.7 billion units (3,690,008,614 units) for which no deposit has been paid. These “free-­‐riders” in the system are worth more than $206 million in potentially uncollected CRV.
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  • Sierra Club Report: Analysis of S.379: An Act Improving Recycling in the Commonwealth

    An analysis of the effects of passage of S.379 on litter, recycling, employment, and state and local financing.
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CRI Reports


BCcasestudycoverThe Environmental and Economic Performance of Beverage Container Reuse and Recycling in British Columbia, Canada

The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) undertook this case study of British Columbia’s container deposit-refund law (CDL) for two reasons: first, to expand CRI’s existing body of research on best practices for the recovery and quality recycling of packaging materials; and second, to investigate recent increases in container recycling fees (CRF) in the province, especially for glass containers.

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bottleduptnailBottled Up (2000-2010) - Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates

Three pronounced trends in American beverage consumption and recycling patterns have emerged since CRI’s first BMDA looked at year 2000 data: overall sales growth, non-carbonated sales growth, and stagnating recycling rates—all of which are resulting in higher rates of landfilling, incineration and littering, and other negative environmental impacts.    

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A_Common_ThemeA Common Theme: Single Stream Recycling

Is single-stream recycling service the salvation of all recycling programs or is there a better way forward? Our author digs into the untold story of real residue rates and a PREFERABLE METHOD to truly recycle more materials at materials recovery facilities.

 

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CRI JobsReturning to Work:
Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers

December 2011 | While the recycling's impact on jobs has been the subject of several studies in recent years, Returning to Work is the first report to  take into account the vital importance of material quality, throughput quantities, processing dynamics and end-user needs to analyze the net gains in domestic jobs when beverage containers are recovered through recycling.By Clarissa Morawski and Jeffrey Morris for the Container Recycling Institute

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Cover of single stream reportUnderstanding economic and environmental impacts of single-stream collection systems

December 2009 | While single-stream recycling is more convenient for consumers and results in lower costs than other collection systems, it also results in more contamination of collected materials, lower material quality, and increased waste. Using data from industry reports and interviews with recyclers, this report that highlights the economic and environmental impacts of switching to a single-stream system.
By Clarissa Morawski

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wasterecyclingWasting and Recycling Trends:
Conclusions from CRI’s 2008 Beverage Market Data Analysis

January 2009 | Three pronounced trends in American beverage consumption and recycling patterns have emerged since 2000: overall sales growth, non-carbonated sales growth, and stagnating recycling rates—all of which lead to increasing wasting. Using data from the 2008 Beverage Market Data Analysis, CRI has compiled a report discussing those trends.By Container Recycling Institute

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CRI Letters and Briefings

CRI Letters and Briefings


2016

 

  • new icon  Testimony of the Container Recycling Institute on “Smart Container Act” for the Environment and Solid Waste Committee (April 1st, 2016)

    Refundable deposits have been shown to be an efficient and effective way to significantly increase recycling rates of beverage containers. In the 10 states that have refundable deposits, the beverage Figure 1: Deposit States Have Higher container redemption rates average 84%.
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  •  Testimony supporting Connecticut Senate Bill 384 (March 10th, 2016)

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) supports SB384, “An Act Concerning the Application of the Bottle Bill to Wine and Liquor Bottles for Purposes of Funding State Parks.” SB384 would update Connecticut’s existing beverage container deposit law, or “bottle bill,” to include wine, sparkling wine and champagne, and liquor (spirits).
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  •  Testimony opposing Connecticut Senate Bill 312 (March 9th, 2016)

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) opposes SB312, “An Act Requiring The Department Of Energy And Environmental Protection To Study Bottle Bill Beverage Container Refund Values And Redemption Fees.”  SB312 would study the repeal the existing beverage container deposit law (the “bottle bill”), and in its place would impose a 4-cent fee on all carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, with collected revenues to be used to promote recycling and anti-littering programs in the state.
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  •  Testimony supporting Maryland House Bill 862 “Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Act” (March 2nd, 2016) (March 2nd, 2016)

    Container deposit programs relieve municipalities of the operational burdens and financial costs of collecting beverage containers. Lost revenue from material that is currently collected in municipal recycling programs is relatively insignificant when compared to the avoided collection and disposal costs, as well as litter cleanup and storm drain cleanout costs.
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  •  CRI and others Oppose MA House Bill 646 (February 23rd, 2016)

    As experts in environmental protection, public health, conservation, water quality and waste reduction, we are unanimous in our opposition to House Bill 646, entitled the “Universal Recycling Law.” While that title sounds appealing, the bill does three things, all of which we reject.
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2015

 

  • H2875: “An Act to increase recycling in the Commonwealth:” Support if Amended  
    S1752: “An Act to increase container recycling in the Commonwealth:” Support if Amended (December 2nd, 2015)

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) would like to register its support—if amended— of H2875 and S1752, similar bills that would conditionally expand, or update, the beverage container deposit law (or “bottle bill”) to include many non-carbonated beverages. 
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  • Testimony supporting Massachusetts H2916, “An Act to expand the bottle bill” (November 12th, 2015) 

    The Container Recycling Institute supports H2916, which would would add water bottles to the definition of beverage containers under the Commonwealth’s highly-­‐successful beverage container deposit law (“bottle bill”), and would restore funding to the Clean Environment Fund. We will comment on both issues in this letter.
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  • Revised testimony regarding CRI’s opposition to H2880 and H646 - (October 31st, 2015)

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) opposes H646, “An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth,” and the identically-titled bill H2880. 
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  • Testimony of the Container Recycling Institute on “Recycler’s Perspective” for the Recycling Policy Study Committee - (October 19th, 2015)

    CRI presents testimony to the Recycling Policy Study Committee concerning refundable deposits to have been shown to be an efficient and effective way to significantly increase recycling rates of beverage containers.
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  • CRI's letter concerning Vermont H. 104 – testimony regarding H. 104 (May 2015)

    The Container Recycling Institutes letter providing further information related to Vermont H. 104. In particular, to answer clarifying questions asked by committee members about the relatively high cost to collect and process PET in recycling programs as well as the documentation of cost savings to municipalities after implementation of beverage container deposit programs.
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  • LD 1204, “An Act To Increase Recycling and Composting by Creating the Maine Recycling Fund ” – OPPOSE; Financial Analysis LD 1204 (April 23rd, 2015)

    The Container Recycling Institute opposes LD 1204, entitled, “An Act To Increase Recycling and Composting by Creating the Maine Recycling Fund.” By reducing the scope of the State’s beverage container deposit law, LD 1204 would be a step backwards for recycling.
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  • CRI's review of Maine DEP’s February 2015 report, “Implementation of Product Stewardship in Maine” (January 20th, 2015)

    Container Recycling Institute (CRI) would like to commend the Department on preparing a thoughtful comprehensive report. Maine’s impressive, and growing, list of EPR programs is a tribute to your ongoing commitment to product stewardship and responsible materials management.
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  • CRI's letter concerning Vermont H. 104 (March 11th, 2015)

    CRI provides information related to Vermont H. 104. In particular, we’d like to correct some misstatements that were made in testimony.
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2014

 

  • CRI's letter concerning CalRecycle’s Quarterly Report on the Status of the Beverage Container Recycling Fund (July 24th, 2014)

    The Container Recycling Institute has comments and questions for the Department to help clarify understanding of the Fund’s finances.
    Download PDF [PDF, 138KB]

  • Comments on Draft to Report to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Recycling Refund System Cost Benefit Analysis (January 22, 2014)

    The Container Recycling Institute is pleased to submit our comments on the draft report Recycling Refund System Cost Benefit Analysis, prepared by ReclaySteward Edge (RSE).
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  • Support for MA Bill H.3848/Updating Massachusetts’s Beverage Container Recycling Bill (March 6, 2014)

    The Container Recycling Institute writes to urge support for of Bill H.3848 to update Massachusetts’ Beverage Container Recycling Bill
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  • Maine DEP’s February 2014 report, “Implementation of Product Stewardship in Maine”

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) would like to commend the Department on preparing a thoughtful and comprehensive report. Maine’s impressive, and growing, list of EPR programs is a tribute to your ongoing commitment to product stewardship and responsible materials management.
    Download PDF [PDF, 90KB]

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2013 Bottled Up Report

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bottleduptnailAs part of its thought leadership and mission to help improve beverage container recycling in the U.S., the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) periodically performs an analysis of beverage container sales and recycling rates which are produced as authoritative published reports for use by decision makers and recycling advocates across the country. The most current version of CRI’s signature report is Bottled Up (2000-2010) - Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates.

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Other Publications

 new iconCA State Auditor Reviews CalRecycle (November 2014)

During our review of CalRecycle’s administration of the beverage program, we noted the following: The beverage program’s long term financial health is at risk the program’s costs exceeded revenues by $100 million in three of the last four fiscal years and by nearly $29 million in the past fiscal year.
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Beverage Containers: Summary of the Stewardship Initiative for Minnesota and Wisconsin

| Summary of the voluntary stakeholder initiative between Minnesota and Wisconsin to achieve statewide goals of 80% beverage container recycling.  The report includes information about current beverage container sales and recycling data for the state, disposal data, end market data, and summary of voluntary actions that were developed. [PDF,2MB]

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