Californias aluminum used beverage container (UBC)
recycling rate reached a record-high 107 percent in the first
six months of this year, according to the California Department
of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
UBC recycling jumped
from 90 percent in the second half of last year, while overall
beverage container recyclingincluding glass and
plasticsincreased 16 points to 93 percent in the same
comparison, according to CalRecycle.
The recycling rate is
calculated by dividing the number of beverage containers
redeemed by the number of beverage cans sold, the department
said in its biannual report of beverage container sales,
returns, redemption and recycling rates.
exceeding 100 percent can be a sign of importation
fraudan issue California has been dealing with since it
increased refunds in 2007 to a nickel for containers less than
24 ounces and a dime for larger containers (
amm.com, Feb. 7, 2011).
recycling rate appears to be very high, there are reasons for
that," CalRecycle communications director Mark Oldfield told
AMM, noting that recycling rates historically are
higher than in winter months and that CalRecycle recently
changed its calculation methodology. Based on those new
metrics, there are a "higher number of containers per pound,
although the redemption rate is the same," he said.
Oldfield conceded that
importation fraud continues to be a focus for CalRecycle. "At
the beginning of this year, there was a new state law that
mandated people bringing in 25 pounds of recycled aluminum cans
have to go through inspection," he said. "Anecdotally, at
least, we believe we are seeing a decrease in imports."
He added that there
are regulations pending that would reduce daily recycling
limits for individuals to 100 pounds for aluminum, 100 pound
for plastic and 1,000 pounds for glass. "We support these
regulations and are confident it would reduce all types of
importation fraud for recycled material," Oldfield said.