Recycling booms under new law |

Recycling booms under new law

A year-old California law is paying off for both local transfer stations striving to keep trash out of landfills and local recyclers.

And the statewide impact of the law ” which has helped recycling spike by 800 million containers last year” has California keeping enough greenhouse gases from entering the environment to equal the benefit of taking 230,000 cars off of state roads, contends the California Department of Conservation.

Assembly Bill 3056 increased the money recyclers receive in exchange for recycling bottles, cans and plastics ” about a penny increase for containers less than 24 ounces and 2 cents for containers larger than that, said Jamie Mickelson, spokesperson for the California Department of Conservation.

Chris Donica, the operations manager at the Eastern Regional Transfer Station in Placer County south of Truckee, has seen recycling rates rise along with the buyback prices for the materials.

To determine the amount of greenhouse gas emission reductions achieved through recycling beverage containers, the conservation agency used a formula developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Products manufactured from recycled material require less energy than using virgin resources, and lower energy consumption results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, according to the agency.

“Whether people take their empties to a recycling center for a refund, put them in a curbside recycling bin, or remember to recycle when they’re at work or out and about, the environment wins,” said Department of Conservation Director Bridgett Luther.

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