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Humboldt County, Calif., Feeling the Burn of Recycling Center Closures

The county has experienced five recycling center closures within the past 18 months.

In California, hundreds of recycling centers have shut down due to a financial crunch. Humboldt County, Calif., is the latest area to be hit with closures. The county has experienced five recycling center closures within the past 18 months, which include General Recycling in Eureka, Redwood Acres Recycling in Eureka, Sherricks in Eureka, Arcata Resource Recovery Center and a small neighborhood facility in Fortuna.

In addition to the recycling center closures, the state is also battling a low recycling level.

The Times-Standard has more information:

Five Humboldt County recycling centers have closed within the last 18 months, feeling a crunch from several national and international factors that have hit recycling centers hard across the state.

Brent Whitener, director of operations and facilities at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, said the closures not only signal possible changes for how counties recycle, but could possibly affect those who use the refund system as a form of income.

Lawmakers and recycling industry stakeholders are scheduled to meet to discuss the troubled system next week in Sacramento.

Read the full story here.

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