NEW YORK The California
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
will review proposed changes to its used beverage container
(UBC) recycling program in early 2013 aimed at preserving the
programs long-term solvency.
The agency held seven workshops
with program stakeholders over the past few months, and several
ideas are being formalized for presentation to CalRecycle
director Caroll Mortensen, agency spokesman Mark Oldfield
Among the changes, the agency
will consider altering processing and handling fees to protect
the long-term viability of the fund, with expenditures
currently exceeding revenue by 12 percent (
amm.com, May 17).
The addition of containers for
beverages not currently covered by the
programparticularly wine, distilled spirits and
milkis another idea under consideration, Oldfield said,
also confirming that proposed UBC load limits were "still on
the table." The agency said in July that it was considering
reducing the daily load limit for peddlers redeeming aluminum
cans to as low as 50 pounds from 500 pounds currently (
amm.com, July 10).
CalRecycle recently signed a
$1.4-million inter-agency agreement with the California
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that will see CDFA
border inspection agents add recyclable beverage containers to
their "no entry" list.
The two agencies conducted a
pilot project between June and August at all 16 of CDFAs
border inspection stations, identifying 3,588 vehicles carrying
out-of-state beverage containers.
There "was plenty of evidence to
move forward with the interagency agreement, which is already
inked and operative," according to the CDFA, noting that "528
of the vehicles were rental trucks full of out-of-state
The state Department of Justice
has estimated that the cost of the import fraud to the
California government at as much as $40 million annually.
Meanwhile, CalRecycle also
published Wednesday the 2013 refund values for recycling
centers, with aluminum containers receiving a refund of $1.59
per segregated pound at a rate of 29.7 containers per
segregated pound. The refund value for commingled containers
will be $1.42 per pound.