|Foster City, August, 2016: not the tidiest business|
The resale value plus the government subsidy are still not enough to keep the recyclers in business: [bold added]
the value of recyclables has decreased in recent years, meaning [recycling business owner Ors] Csaszar makes less on the collected bottles and cans he sells. On top of that, state subsidies meant to offset the cost of recycling have failed to keep pace with the rising costs of doing business.To sum up, recycling is a government-mandated environmental program that:
Hundreds of recycling centers have shuttered in the past two years across the state, resulting in millions of plastic, aluminum and glass containers going to landfills. In the past two years more than 500 recycling centers closed their doors, leaving 1,650 throughout the state, according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle.
But wait, it gets worse: the government extracts penalties from businesses.
The law also requires stores that sell the beverages to have a place for consumers to return their bottles and cans within a half mile. If not, the stores themselves are required to either allow customers to recycle there, or pay a $100 a day fee.Consumers lose, businesses lose, the recyclers lose, the environment loses anyway.
Many stores opt to pay the $36,500 annual fee, saying they are unable to set up a recycling center at their location.
I can't wait to see how California runs single-payer.