New Calif. law squeezes recyclable collectors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new California law that tightens the state's recycling redemption rules is squeezing people who cash in bottles and plastic to get by.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( ) that as of Nov. 1, recycling centers started paying much less for containers including wine bottles and milk jugs that do not have a specific redemption value.

An empty beer or soda bottle can still be turned in for a nickel or dime. But under the new law, recycling centers receive only the much-lower, scrap value for containers with no specific redemption value.

That means people who scour cities to collect recyclables get much less as well.

A load of recyclables that used to be worth $200 might now only fetch $50.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,