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California’s largest recycling-center business, RePlanet, shuts down

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California’s largest recycling-center business, RePlanet, shuts down

California’s largest operator of recycling redemption centers has shut down and laid off 750 employees.

Pedro Loyo

The Mercury News reported Monday that the company, Ontario-based RePlanet, has closed all 284 of its centers

RePlanet President David Lawrence said the company stopped operating because of increased business costs and falling prices of recycled aluminum and PET plastic

The move comes three years after RePlanet closed 191 of its recycling centers and laid off almost 300 employees

Advertisement Advocates are urging the state to reform how it subsidizes recycling centers. They worry that now more recyclables will end up in landfills

Consumer Watchdog responded to news of the closure by urging CalRecycle, the California agency in charge of recycling, to require all grocery and convenience store chains to start redeeming cans and bottles

Earlier this year, California lawmakers proposed legislation would require plastic and other single-use materials sold in the state to be either reusable, fully recyclable or compostable by 2030. The bill, AB 1080, passed the state Assembly and is under consideration in the Senate

Business Californians are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in recycling deposits Business Californians are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in recycling deposits California consumers lost out on at least $308 million in 5-cent deposits on cans and bottles in 2018, largely because it’s increasingly difficult to find a place to recycle them, according to a new report.

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