2022 Press Releases




Agents break up suspected $10 million Arizona-to-California bottle and can recycling fraud scheme

Six people face felony recycling fraud and grand theft charges connected to a suspected multi-state scheme to defraud California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program. Investigators believe the suspects illegally smuggled over nine tons of empty bottles and cans from Arizona to the Los Angeles area to fraudulently redeem recycling deposits. Since consumers outside of California do not pay California Redemption Value (CRV) deposits on beverage purchases, those containers are not eligible for CRV redemption.

Confused about recycling? California just made it easier with a new life hack for what to recycle and how to get it recycled

SACRAMENTO –Recycling just got simpler for Californians thanks to a first-ever way to find the dos and don’ts for local recycling programs in all 58 counties. The community-specific information at the new iRecycleSmart.com website and database helps residents and businesses understand how to get truly recyclable items recycled and take part in the state’s new food and yard waste recycling program.

Proposed bonus credits would double recycling refunds to get surplus bottle and can deposits back to Californians

SACRAMENTO – A new plan could bring Californians an extra $100 million in bonus recycling credits and direct $155 million to expand mobile recycling and reverse vending machine locations for consumers to cash in their bottles and cans. The budget proposal would boost redemptions and expand recycling sites using $330 million of surplus unredeemed container deposits that grew with a record increase in beverage purchases during the pandemic.

California Tire Businesses Face $1.2 Million in Fines for Violating Tire Safety Rules that Deter Toxic Fire Danger

SACRAMENTO – To protect communities from toxic tire fires, illegal dumping and other risks of improper waste tire handling, California levied $1.2 million in penalties against three tire businesses for repeatedly violating waste tire management laws. Under the administrative decision and settlement agreements, the businesses in Sacramento, Riverside and Yolo counties will pay $918,000, and owe an additional $325,000 if new violations occur during the settlement period.

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