Sorry Hippies, Recycling Is A Bummer

Now the container deposit is just another tax that increases the cost of products.

Recycle The Cedar St Times

On Jan. 31, rePlanet announced it closed 191 recycling centers in California, citing declines in commodities pricing of aluminum and plastic, coupled with a rise in operating costs as a result of minimum wage increases and required health and workers’ compensation insurance.

California Redemption Value recycling centers in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Prunedale, Marina and Del Rey Oaks closed, leaving centers at the Marina landfill, 14201 Del Monte Blvd., and near the Costco in Sand City, 801 Tioga Ave., as the two closest locations. The center in Sand City is a rePlanet location, closed Tuesdays and open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week.

Ted Terrasas, Monterey’s sustainability director, said city officials were surprised to find out about the closures earlier this week.

“The redemption centers are required to be put in place by the stores,” Terrasas said.

Sorry Hippies, Recycling Is A Bummer