Sunday, January 19, 2014
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 (http://lat.ms/1jfDlL9 ) 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, http://www.latimes.com