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Hundreds of Recycling Centers Close in California

Hundreds of Recycling Centers Close in California

Hundreds of recycling centers in California are shutting down due to a financial crunch, and many residents are left wondering what will happen to their recyclables if the closures continue.  The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the current recycling market in California.

From the story:

Blue bins piled high with gleaming cans and pink plastic bags bulging with plastic jugs snaked up to the recycling center outside a Foods Co. on a recent Wednesday morning, with customers lined up to cash in their containers.

A homeless man named Aaron Viramontes said he stops by two to three times a week in search of cash. Another customer who arrived in a minivan loaded with boxes full of bottles said he always brings his empties to the center – “I paid for it in the store,” he noted, “so I should get my money back.”

But completing that transaction could get tougher. The company that runs the facility, RePlanet, has already closed scores of California locations amid a financial crunch that has gotten the attention of policymakers in Sacramento. Nearby centers had already stopped accepting items, and some customers had noticed.

Read the full story here.

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