By Kevin Smith | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley Tribune PUBLISHED: August 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm | UPDATED: August 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm Consumer Watchdog is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to overhaul operations at CalRecycle, the state department that oversees California’s recycling programs. In a letter sent to Newsom on Thursday, Aug. 8, the Los Angeles-based organization said the recycling programs are falling apart, citing the recent collapse of rePlanet, which closed its remaining 284 redemption centers Aug. 5, and a shrinking number of options for customers to retrieve bottle and can deposits. The watchdog group says consumers are only getting back about half of the $1.5 billion in bottle and can deposits they make, in part, because centers have become few and far between and lines at existing locations are long. Grocery and retail chains obligated to redeem bottles and cans in areas without redemption centers are failing to do so. “CalRecycle has long known about these problems, but it has failed to act,” Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said in the letter. The agency, he said, has failed to save the redemption centers and force the retailers to live up to their legal obligations. In a… Read full this story
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