Mission, Goals, Core Values
The mission of the Carolina Recycling Association is to conserve resources by advancing recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolinas.
The overall goal of the CRA is to promote waste reduction and source separation and recycling of marketable/recyclable materials in the solid waste stream. The members of CRA recognize that:
Solid waste crises are occurring in counties and municipalities across the Carolinas;
These crises are characterized by dwindling landfill space, public opposition to new sites, and crisis-oriented decision-making;
Recycling reduces the weight and volume, and therefore cost, of waste to be disposed of;
Recycling conserves energy and natural resources;
Recycling is encouraged by industry and by the 1984 RCRA Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments;
Recycling benefits local economies because it does not pollute, encourages enterprise development, and reintroduces into the economy materials previously considered without value.
Education: CRA uses workshops, networking meetings, and the Annual Conference to spread the knowledge and skills of recycling professionals and experts, as well as educating members on new technologies and programs that will benefit their businesses and communities.
Public-Private Partnerships: CRA develops broad-based community alliances throughout the Carolinas and beyond, to achieve sustainable community improvement in recycling and waste reduction methods.
Board and Council Action: By engaging Board Members and Councils, we extend the reach of our educational activities and increase the impact of our efforts.