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October 14, 2011

Nation-wide Efforts to Maximize Container & Package Reuse

Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 11:20:35 AM EST

By Paul Walker, Director of Security & Sustainability, Global Green USA

Invitation & Background:

Join Global Green USA and the DC Environmental Network on October 18th @ 4:00 for an informative briefing on the many efforts nation-wide to maximize container and package reuse. Our panel of experts will be headlined by Susan Collins, Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute (CRI).

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Susan Collins:

Susan has spent 20 years advising over 80 municipalities on municipal solid waste and recycling programs and sustainability issues. She recently completed an extensive international research project comparing the financial, operational and policy aspects of container deposit and packaging systems in California, Germany and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. She spent nine years on the board of the California Resource Recovery Association, has a B.S. in manufacturing engineering from Boston University and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Container Recycling Institute Vision & Mission Statement:

CRI’s very own vision statement states: “CRI is the model organization instrumental in bringing about a rapid increase in recycling for a world where no material is wasted, and the environment is protected. We succeed because companies and people collaborate to create a strong, sustainable domestic economy.”

CRI’s mission is to make North America a global model for the collection and quality recycling of packaging materials. We do this by:

  • Producing authoritative research and reporting and education on policies and practices that empower communities to reduce waste (and related emissions) and increase recovery, reuse, and high-end/closed loop recycling of beverage containers, packaging and printed paper.
  • Creating and maintaining a database of information on container and packaging generation, disposal, recovery and recycling in the United States and abroad.
  • Studying container and packaging reuse and recycling options and legislation, including deposit systems, and their environmental and economic impacts. These include state, national and international programs and policies.
  • Educating on recycling options for local, state and national government agencies and elected officials, for citizen groups, the print and broadcast media, community groups and public and elected officials considering a deposit system to recycle or reuse containers and packaging.
  • Creating and sponsoring national networks for mutual progress (for customers and stakeholders).

Global Green and the DC Environmental Network, among many other District based organizations, are looking to bring the District into the next century with cutting-edge, effective strategies to increase recycling of the ever-increasing amounts of containers and packaging that is being generated by our consumption driven society.

This will be the first of many sessions, open to all, to help the District and surrounding jurisdictions come up with the right plan. We will also discuss how to implement any new strategies that the local environmental community evolves into Mayor Gray’s new Sustainable DC initiative.

RSVP for this event here!

All are welcome!

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