This recycling center, closing June 15th, is the last redemption center west of the 405, serving 200,000 people on LA's Westside.
40% of the recycling centers in the state have closed in recent years due to economic distress and the failure of state regulators and lawmakers to provide adequate funding for redemption centers where consumers return their bottles and cans.
Consumer Watchdog and recycling advocates are calling on the state to provide relief to the recycling centers to help consumers get their 5 cent and 10 cent bottle deposits returned.
Los Angeles, CA—Consumer Watchdog has asked the Newsom Administration to avert the closure of more recycling centers that redeem empty glass, aluminum, and plastic beverage containers by funding centers long enough to reform the container deposit system.
Update 4/24/19 5 PM: Senator Stern agreed to amend his legislation to remove more exemptions from recycling for grocery stores in response to the survey.
Los Angeles, CA — Two thirds of fifty Los Angeles-area grocery, convenience and drug stores that are required by the state to refund consumer deposits for empty beverage containers refused to issue refunds, according to a random audit in Los Angeles by Consumer Watchdog.
An audit by Consumer Watchdog of stores that are supposed to accept recyclables and refund bottle deposits shows that 66% of stores refused to do so. California's recycling system is not as effective as one might think and is in dire need of reassessment.
Consumer Watchdog report shows 66% of grocery stores surveyed refused to recycle. Stores listed by CalRecycle as required to accept bottles and provide bottle deposits refused to do so even when clearly posted signs said they accept recyclables.