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recycling beverage containers

$14 Million Recycling Fraud Scheme Busted

Five Californians have been indicted on grand theft and recycling fraud charges in a scheme that involved out-of-state beverage containers, $14 million worth of fraudulent California Redemption Value claims and 24 Southern California recycling centers. The indictments followed a two-year investigation by California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and … Read more »

glass bottle recycling

$1.8 Million Settlement in Recycling Fraud Case

A Los Angeles-area recycling business will pay $1.8 million in restitution to California’s beverage container recycling program as part of a settlement agreement resulting from illegal claims for refunds on out-of-state bottles and cans. As part of the agreement with the CalRecycle, Action Sales and Metal and owner Bruce Falk … Read more »

bottles and cans

Fraud, Subsidies Bankrupting State’s Recycling Fund

The California legislature should restructure the state’s recycling fund, cracking down on fraud and possibly eliminating subsidies for beverage manufacturers paying processing fees, according to a state audit. The Sacramento Bee reports auditors found persistent deficits in the recycling fund, and conclude “immediate action is needed to ensure the continued … Read more »

California Cracks Down on Recycling Fraud

New rules in California aim to crack down on recycling fraud by preventing out-of-state residents from redeeming large loads for money at state-run recycling centers, NBC reports. The restrictions require anyone transporting loads of empty plastic or aluminum bottles weighing 25 pounds or more, or loads of glass weighing 250 … Read more »