Container Recycling Institute Founder Pat Franklin Dies

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 16, 2012

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Container Recycling Institute Founder Pat Franklin Dies

Pat Franklin, founder of the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), died Oct. 14 from an auto accident.

Franklin, 71, was struck by a pickup truck crossing a street in Oakland, Md., preparing to make a drop-off at a recycling center. Susan Collins, current president of the Culver City, Calif.-CRI, confirmed the facts in an e-mail.

Franklin started the CRI in 1992 and became one of the prominent experts in container recycling and bottle bills. She retired as executive director in 2007. Following her retirement, Franklin continued with CRI as a consultant and an advocate of container recycling.

"Pat was a shining light in the recycling movement," wrote Jenny Gitlitz, former CRI research director, in an e-mail.

Franklin is survived ber husband of 48 years, Jay, and two children.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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