Waste haulers, retailers play role in state’s failed recycling program, report says

A report that examines California’s ailing recycling program places blame on the state’s waste haulers and retailers while supporting a bill that would make the beverage industry responsible for the redemption of empty containers.

The “Waste Haulers: Square Peg in the Circular Economy” report from Consumer Watchdog alleges trash haulers that collect recyclables curbside are contaminating the containers, which end up in landfills as a result. The pickups also divert refunds that would otherwise go to consumers.

California offers a 5-cent refund for containers under 24 ounces and 10 cents for containers of 24 ounces or more. In 2020, consumers got back little more than half of the nickel and

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