“If the governor is thinking about petitioning the Supreme Court, it would be nice to develop that policy in town halls where fire victims and ratepayers can speak out,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog.
Consumers are forfeiting hundreds of millions of dollars a year — nearly half of every nickel bottle or can deposit they make — as supermarkets that agreed decades ago to take back empty beverage containers, or make recycling available, renege on that promise of convenience.
In California, we pay deposits on the packaged beverages we buy and are entitled to get our nickels back or see them used to improve recycling and protect our environment. Instead, consumers are forfeiting almost half of every nickel, recycling centers are closing right and left, and the quality of recycling is dropping. The consumers and the environment are losing.