|(August 5, 2019, 9:10 p.m.) -- If you're among those who used the multiple grocery-store-adjacent "Re-Planet" recycling facilities in Long Beach, Signal Hill and Lakewood (or anywhere in CA) to get a few cents back on recyclable bottles and cans, you'll have to find somewhere else. They're gone. All of them in CA have ceased operations and closed effective immediately.
A company statement at late afternoon Aug. 5 speaks for itself:
rePlanet Closes Operation: Company Statement rePlanet Closes All of Their Recycling Operations and Lays Off Their Entire Workforce
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The company announcement caught Sacramento's (state government) recycling agency by surprise. "CalRecycle" issued a statrement saying the state had "taken acton to stabilize the Beverage Container Recycling Program" subsidies paid to beverage container buyback facilities to help cover their cost of processing materials.
But the independent group "Consumer Watchdog" issued a statement charging Sacramento with ignoring warning signs in the program months ago and called on Governor Newsome now to "make reform of the broken bottle deposit system a top prioity this fall." The group called for "making it mandatory for bottles and cans to be redeemed at any retailer that sells them." It said California should "join other states and European countries that make bottle deposit systems work by making the beverage industry responsible for the products they make, package, distribute and sell."
[Consumer Watchdog statement]..."A March report by Consumer Watchdog found that consumers get only about half of their nickel and dime bottle and can deposits back each year, despite paying $1.5 billion in 2018. (Read the report here)It's not immediately clear what complex effects the disappearance of the multiple Re-Planet recycling locations might have for the area's homeless and transient populations and nearby neighborhoods.
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