RePlanet which runs the largest chain of recycling centers in California is shutting down. Consumers will have even less options on where to redeem bottles and cans to get their deposits back. The State needs to mandate that retailers accept recyclables and provide redemption as recycling centers are shutting their doors.
California's largest operator of recycling centers is shutting down all 284 of their facilities statewide leaving all of those who depend on them to get their CRV deposits back with nowhere to go. Consumer Watchdog is calling on state legislators to mandate that retailers allow consumers to redeem their bottles and cans in store and remove existing exemptions that provide stores with loopholes to shirk their responsibility.
Consumer Watchdog's Liza Tucker explains California's CRV system and the broken in-store deposit system. An audit of California stores showed that 66% are refusing to take back bottle deposits and provide redemption, creating a huge impediment to a successful recycling program. The system of recycling in California needs to be reexamined and manufacturers need to be held accountable for their part in creating waste.