California's Bottle Recycling Rate Declines

Los Angeles — California’s bottle-recycling rate has dipped to its lowest level in a decade, according to statistics released last week by the California Department of Conservation and reported by The Associated Press (AP). The state currently is recycling about 52 percent of its bottles, and many of the unrecycled bottles are from bars or restaurants and contained beer, a department spokesperson told the AP. The state’s rate of recycling all redeemable materials declined from 70 percent a decade ago to 58 percent today, according to the department.