Kris Kaar, RRS Sr Consultant & Carton Council Rep


Kris Kaar is a senior consultant at RRS, bringing 30 years of experience in research, planning, communication and program management in solid waste and recycling programs. Due to her extensive work with the Carton Council, Kris has developed an expertise in adding new materials to existing recycling programs and expanding access to recycling for select materials.

Recent Team Projects

  • Carton Council: RRS has supported this collaborative association on the way to their goal of 60% U.S. carton recycling access through data research and analysis, communications and outreach, and policy/legislative monitoring and support.
  • Foodservice Packaging Institute: RRS conducts research and analysis, supports membership growth, and develops communications and outreach to advance the recovery of foodservice packaging materials.
  • Minneapolis, MN: RRS conducted a study and assessment of collection options including facilitating resident focus groups, to determine if the city should implement single- or dual-stream recycling in place of its current multi-stream sort program.


  • Illinois Recycling Association
  • Curbside Recycling Expo Conference Committee
  • Lutheran Climate Action Task Force
  • SWANA International Board
  • SWANA Land of Lincoln Chapter
  • DuPage County Solid Waste Committee

Topical Expertise

  • Recycling Program Management
  • Communications & Outreach
  • Solid Waste/Recycling Planning
  • Product Stewardship

Recent Speaking Engagements/Publications


  • Master of Arts in Geography & Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography & Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University


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