rePlanet Recycle

 I recently noticed that the lines of people, each with several large bags of plastic bottles, have pretty much disappeared from these local machines. Turns out that the automated machines no longer accept plastic bottles, just aluminum cans and glass bottles.  You can still recycle and get money for the plastic bottles, you just have to have the attendant weigh them for you.

I wonder why this change was made and how people will react.  Will they continue to use this rePlanet, go somewhere else or just recycle less?


Dreamer's Click said…
I certainly think that this would make it a bit more cumbersome for the people and will certainly affect the number of people recycling...just a thought..
Anonymous said…
Found this on State of California site:

California law allows you the option of being paid based on count instead of weight for up to 50 empty beverage containers of each material type.

This means you can bring up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 plastic and 50 bi-metal California Redemption Value containers in a single visit and request to be paid by count.

Consumers can also make more than one visit per day to a recycling center and be paid by count on each visit. Recycling centers are required to comply with this rule, found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Chapter 5, Section 2535(b).

Any consumer who has been denied this right by a recycling center can file a complaint by emailing CalRecycle or by calling 1-800-RECYCLE.
Keith said…
Anon: Interesting. If someone insisted, the attendant would have to count each piece up to 50. That's a lot more work. Might also explain the Help Wanted sign.
Anonymous said…
I noticed this too last week. If it's an attempt to deter the use of plastic bottles, I think it's a good thing!
Keith said…
If it cuts back on the use, but not the recycling, that would be good.
Keith said…
There was another good comment here before Blogger went down a few days ago. If that comment doesn't get restored soon, I'll add it back myself.
Keith, you're correct, the recycling machines are temporarily not accepting plastic. However the attendant will still recycle your plastic beverage containers by count (up to 50 pieces of each material) or weight.

There is a red sign posted at every rePLANET location explaining the temporary change in the machines and the right to be paid based on count.

Please visit if you have any questions and for updates regarding plastic being accepted through the machines.
Keith said…
rePlanet: I hope it's temporary, the amount paid by weight is significantly less than what was paid through the machine.

I see this:

"The State of California has acknowledged an error in how PET #1 CRV is calculated..."

but I don't find anything about what the error is or why things need to be fixed. The CRV amount we paid at the time of purchase should be the minumum refund value returned. It isn't.
The weight of the plastic bottles has changed recently, not the refund rate per pound for plastic. The change in the weight of the bottles has caused the 'error' and is being resolved. The manufacturers did not forsee that a lighter bottle would cause an issue when caluculating its refund.

Thank you for your patience during this time and please do ask for a count in the meanwhile.

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