Betty McLaughlin has resigned as executive director of the Container Recycling Institute two years after taking over the reins of the nonprofit organization that focuses on policies and bottle-deposit laws designed to increase beverage container recycling.
We are in the process of identifying Betty's replacement and hope to have that done by the end of June, said Tex Corley, president of the board of CRI and president and CEO of glass container recycler Strategic Materials Inc. in Houston.
McLaughlin resigned April 1, shortly after the New York Legislature reached a compromise on the state budget that included expansion of the state's bottle-deposit bill to include water bottles. One month earlier, Connecticut passed a similar bill.
In an e-mail, McLaughlin said she now is working in a job unrelated to bottle deposits, recycling and the environment, in the corporate communications department of Edible Floral Arrangements in Wallingford, Conn.
McLaughlin took over at CRI two years ago after its founder and longtime executive director Pat Franklin retired.