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Calif. recycler told to end UBC program

Apr 14, 2014 | 06:07 PM |

Tags  CalRecycle, UBC, used beverage container, Carroll Mortensen, Thomas Allen Glenn, Shannah Lee Glenn, Bullseye Recycling, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — A California recycling company has been ordered to cease its used beverage container (UBC) refund program on May 31, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) said April 14.

An investigation revealed that Bullseye Recycling was paying refunds for out-of-state containers, accepting material that exceeded daily legal limits and falsifying records and receipts, according to CalRecycle.

Officials found that the company had routinely purchased material from single sellers that exceeded daily load limits, CalRecycle said.

On several occasions, Bullseye employees illegally split loads from single sellers into multiple transactions to bring sales below the daily 500-pound limit, the agency alleges.

However, in an interview with AMM, Bullseye Recycling co-owner Thomas Allen Glenn III denied many of CalRecycle’s allegations.

"You think I am making money selling cans and bottles?" Glenn asked. "I never took over 500 pounds per day from a single seller. ... I am not saying I am completely innocent in terms of paperwork, but the laws are really screwed up."

He, along with co-owner Shannah Lee Glenn, must pay $235,000 in restitution and civil penalties to CalRecycle, the agency said.

"This is one more example to those who cheat that recycling fraud will not be tolerated," CalRecycle director Caroll Mortensen said in a statement. "Our investigations of suspicious activity are ongoing, and we will continue to take action against those who steal from the recycling fund, both in civil cases such as this one or by working with our law enforcement partners to pursue criminal convictions."

CalRecycle’s crackdown on UBC redemption schemes is part of an effort to protect the state’s beverage container recycling fund from fraud (, Jan. 17). As part of the crackdown, the organization recently instituted new per-person,per-day limits on aluminum or plastic refund-eligible containers and glass.

Moreover, new regulations implemented in 2014 require sellers transporting loads of empty plastic or aluminum beverage containers weighing 25 pounds or more, or 250 pounds or more of glass, into California to pass through a California Department of Food and Agriculture quarantine inspection station, as well as obtain and carry proof of inspection.

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