Skip to comments.Report: Recycling fraud costs California millions
Posted on 10/07/2012 8:56:48 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
LOS ANGELESRampant fraud within California's recycling redemption program is costing the state millions of dollars, as scammers drive trucks full of cans across the border from Nevada and Arizona to collect nickels on deposits that were never paid. California recyclers also are claiming redemptions for the same containers several times, or for containers that never existed, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/QW1sg8).
Government officials recently estimated the fraud at $40 million a year, and an industry expert told the newspaper it could exceed $200 million. The state's $1.1 billion recycling fund paid out $100 million more in expenses last year than it took in from deposits and other sources, the Times said.
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The scary part is that it never occurred to our elected officials that this would eventually happen. What were they thinking?
seen “people” buy cases of bott;ed water with thier SNAP/EBT cards just to dump it in the street to collect the deposit for “FUN” money....
The recycling program here in Sacramento has empowered the homeless to roam each and every neighborhood from sunset to sunrise every seven days.
I thought they did that anyway.......
I’m non-compliant. Why should I clean my aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, to haul them to the curb in separate, special containers, so the waste company can make money off them? I consider that doing more than half their job and they get the rewards. Simply...no. You want me to recycle? Then pay me. The recycling companies are laughing all the way to the bank over the stupid sheeple.
lol yet more failed policies.
Those politicians and lobbyists have to have their money.
Here in Hollywood, I counted 4 places where you can exchange your recyclables but they were mostly located at the back of Jons stores or gas stations, complete with empty trailer trucks, handled by mexicans. All 4 were gone for the past 4 months. Everyone knew they were fly by night operations but no one cared as long as they got their dough.
Aluminum is worth about $1.00/lb, and there are about 33 cans per pound. That means the aluminum cans are worth about 3 cents apiece. IOW, the net cost of this scam, to the taxpayers of California is reduced to about 2 cents/can.
OTOH, recycled glass barely covers the cost of processing it. The offset is about zero. The California taxpayer pays 100% of the costs, for the imported bottles.
They're only "scammers" if what they are doing is illegal.
Blame it on idiotic legislation.
ANYTHING the goobermint gets involved will be corrupted eventually, or from the start. Medicaid, Medicare, SSS, you name it.
You didn’t see Seinfeldt?
No need to think when it’s somebody else’s money.