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Buyback Recycling Centers Raise Concerns for Waste Management, Nevada County

In Nevada County, stores that make more than $2 million in annual sales must have a buyback center located nearby or inside their store. Failure to abide by this law will cost the store owners a fine of $100 per day.

With RePlanet closing buyback centers left and right due to decreases in recycling prices and increases in operating costs, more and more store owners are getting hit with this expensive fine.

Waste Management, however, is dealing with a different issue when it comes to this law. Waste Management’s contract with the county suggests that the company must operate buyback centers. The contract also states that Waste Management must use commercially reasonable efforts to begin education programs to get the most use of its recycling program offerings.

The Union has the details:

The two SPD Market grocery stores in Nevada County got lucky. They’re not getting fined $100 a day because they lack buyback recycling sites within a half-mile radius of their stores.

Grocery stores across the state discovered that problem when 191 rePlanet recycling sites closed earlier this year. Stores that make more than $2 million in annual sales must have a buyback center nearby, redeem recycling inside their store or pay the $100 per day fine.

County officials say larger grocery chains give little thought to how the fine affects their bottom line.

Read the full story here.

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