CRI Letters and Briefings


2017

 

  • new icon  CRI Response to Emergency Increase in Processing Payment - October 13th, 2017

    The Container Recycling Institute supports the proposed changes to the Reasonable Financial Return (RFR) described during the Workshop on Processing Payment Emergency Rulemaking. Based on our analyses that I will detail below, we believe this a good solution to the current problem.
    Download PDF [PDF, 236KB]

  • CRI supports H3528: An Act promoting the proper disposal of miniatures  - June 2, 2017

    The Container Recycling Institute supports H3528 (Rep. Hunt, R-Sandwich), which would add miniature bottles of 100 milliliters or less (known as “nips”) to the Commonwealth’s beverage container deposit law, or “bottle bill.” Nips are currently exempt from the 5¢ deposit.
    Download PDF [PDF, 187KB]

  • CRI Supports Most Budget Committee Recommendations for CalRecycle (California) - June 1, 2017

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) supports the Assembly budget committee recommendations for CalRecycle’s Beverage Container and Litter Reduction Act program. CRI supports the budget committee proposal for funding for “enhanced oversight, audit and enforcement in the beverage container recycling program.”
    Download PDF [PDF, 158KB]

  • CRI Opposes Connecticut Senate Bill 996 CRI Supports House Bill 5618 - April 10th, 2017 (Updated)

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) supports HB 5618, which would increase the beverage container handling fee that is paid to redemption centers and retailers by one cent.  CRI opposes Senate Bill 996, “An Act Establishing a Bottle Recycling Fee In Lieu of a Refundable Deposit.” It would repeal the existing beverage container deposit law (the “bottle bill”), and would impose a 4-cent fee on all carbonated and most non-carbonated beverages, with revenues sent to the state’s General Fund and a new “Recycling Fee Account” to be used for various programs.
    Download PDF [PDF, 525KB]

  • CRI Opposes S.1865 and H.1744  - February 2017

    The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) opposes the Senate bill S.1865 (Sen. Moore), “An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth,” and the identically-titled House bill H.1744 (Rep. Garry). These bills would repeal the existing beverage container deposit law (the “bottle bill”), and in its place would impose a 1-cent fee on all carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, with collected revenues to be put into a “Municipal Recycling Enhancement Fund” (the Fund) with funding to be used for recycling and litter programs. S.1865 sunsets this fee after three years. 
    Download PDF  [PDF, 1.3MB]
  • Maine - CRI Opposses Maine LD 683

    The Container Recycling Institute opposes LD 683, entitled, “An Act To Fund the Maine Solid Waste Diversion Grant Program and to Phase Out Certain Containers from the Bottle Redemption Laws.”
    Download PDF [PDF, 448KB]
  • Winners and Losers: A Financial Analysis of Iowa's HSB 163

    A repeal of Iowa's Bottle Bill with a new penny fee on carbonated beverages, wine, and spirits.
    Download PDF  [PDF, 148KB]
  • New Excise Tax in HSB 163 Would Only Fund Cleanup of 13% of the New Beverage Container Litter Created by Repealing the Bottle Bill

    Iowa’s 5¢ deposit on beer, soft drinks, wine, and spirits is an effective incentive to refrain from littering bottles and cans or to pick up and redeem containers littered by others.
    Download PDF [PDF, 245KB]

2016

 

  • 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%.
    Download PDF [PDF, 635KB]

  •  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).
    Download PDF [PDF, 183KB]

  •  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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 357KB]

  •  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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 49KB]

 

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. 
    Download PDF [PDF, 365KB]

  • 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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 299KB]

  • 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. 
    Download PDF [PDF, 811KB]

  • 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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 631KB]

  • 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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 156KB]

  • 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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 390KB]

  • 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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 3.8MB]

  • 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.
    Download PDF [PDF, 274KB]

 

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).
    Download PDF [PDF, 324KB]

  • 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
    Download PDF [PDF, 385KB]

  • 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]

     

2013

 

  • Vermont S.208 – testimony in opposition to portions of S. 208 (partial repeal of container deposit program)

    CRI expresses our opposition to certain portions of Vermont S. 208, specifically those provisions which would repeal Vermont’s container deposit on liquor containers and all beverage containers greater than one liter in size.
    Download PDF [PDF, 487KB]

  • CRI letter to CalRecycle regarding MRF performance standards

    CRI's 8/1/13 letter on the method used for the evaluation of recyclables and residuals at Mixed Waste Processing Facilities (MWPF) seeking certification as well as source-separated facilities.
    Download PDF [PDF, 532KB]

  • CRI Comment Letter to Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

    CRI's 8/30/13 letter regarding ANR's Draft Report Systems Analysis of the Impact of Act 148 on Solid Waste Management in Vermont
    Download PDF [PDF, 1MB]

  • CRI Letter to State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

    March 2013 | CRI Commends Agency's Report: Comparison of System Costs and Materials Recovery Rates: Implementation of Universal Single Stream Recycling With and Without Beverage Container Deposits
    Download PDF [PDF, 2.5MB]

  • CRI Letter to Hawaii Legislature in Support of of SB 1133/HB 902

    March 2013 | A Letter from CRI President Susan Collins to Hawaii Legislators in support of SB 1133 and HB 902 which would expand the state’s existing beverage container recycling program to include dietary supplements, including energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull.
    Download PDF [PDF, 238KB]

  • CRI Letter to Hawaii Legislature in Support of HB 1062/SB 1271

    March 2013 | A Letter from CRI President Susan Collins to Hawaii Legislators in support of HB 1062 and SB 1271 expanding the state's beverage container recycling program.
    Download PDF [PDF, 236KB]

  • A Clean and Green Vermont 2013

    February 2013 | A Special Report on the Environmental and Economic Benefits of Vermont’s Bottle Bill 
    Get Download Link [PDF, 1.4MB]

  • Implementing Product Stewardship in Maine 2013

    January 2013 | CRI's Review of Department’s Report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources: Implementing Product Stewardship in Maine.  Download pdf [PDF, 217 KB]

 

2012

 

  • Curbside vs Beverage Fact Sheet 2012

    July 2012 | Curbside Recycling Access Rates and Beverage Container Recycling Download pdf [PDF, 246 KB]

 

2011

 

  • CRI Letter to US EPA on the Municipal Solid Waste Report

    September 2011 | The US EPA recently invited the public to comment on its annual Municipal Solid Waste report. CRI submitted a number of suggestions, including several regarding the accounting for contamination in calculating recycling rates. Download pdf

  • CRI Comments on “The Costs of Beverage Container Redemption in Vermont”

    April 2011 | A Report by DSM Environmental Services, Inc.for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Solid Waste Program
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  • CRI Comments on Natural Logic’s White Paper on EPR for Packaging

    March 2011 | Natural Logic recently produced a white paper for the Coca Cola Company that summarizes an industry policy agenda for the next generation of packaging waste management stressing the principle of extended producer responsibility or “EPR.” CRI examines the paper and analyzes some flaws in its approach. Download pdf
  • Recycling and Climate Change

    CRI submitted this briefing in particular to protect the Iowa deposit law from repeal. It also serves to enhance the level of understanding of beverage container recycling in the United States and the State Iowa, and to demonstrate the impact of recycling on emissions reduction and the economy. Download pdf
  • Why Universal Recycling in Vermont Requires Deposit Return

    February 2011 Written to bolster the argument against repealing the Vermont deposit law, this briefing explains the benefits of deposit laws and the added benefits of deposit laws in conjunction with curbside recycling. Download pdf

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