PITTSBURGH California plans to tackle used beverage
container (UBC) fraud by setting a daily cap on the amount of
recyclables an individual can redeem.
Starting Jan. 1, 2014, a person can redeem 100 pounds of
aluminum per day vs. the current threshold of 500 pounds.
The change is being implemented by the California Department
of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to stop an
epidemic of out-of-state residents from selling into the
state due to its favorable prices.
West Coast recyclers have urged the state to make changes to
stop the fraudulent sales (amm.com, Nov. 20).
Aluminum and plastic, due to their relatively light
weight, are the most common materials found in truckloads
brought across Californias borders for illegal
redemption, CalRecycle said. As a result,
importers of out-of-state containers, which are not eligible
for CRV (California Redemption Value) refunds, and scavenger
fleets illegally removing the contents of residential
curbside recycling bins will find it considerably more time
consuming and risky to reap any ill-gotten gains.
The change will impact less than 1 percent of sellers as
state research suggests that nearly all transactions are for
less than 80 pounds of aluminum and the average sale is 8.7
With these much lower daily load limits, we hope
wrongdoers will make a New Years resolution that
its just not worth it to continue their illegal
activities, CalRecycle director Caroll Mortensen said.
Theyll have to take a lot more trips to recycling
centers, which only increases the chances CalRecycle or our
partners in law enforcement will catch them.