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September 2004

California Redemption Laws Encourage Residential Recycling

Los Angeles, CA— Thanks to the increased California Redemption Value (CRV), there’s more money to be saved by consumers who recycle their beverage containers. The new rates provide residents with $.04 for all aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers under 24-ounces, and $.08 for containers 24-ounces and greater.

Summertime is the season for backyard barbecues, and beach and camping trips, leading to an increase in the amount of containers generated. “Instead of throwing the containers away, bring them to a recycling center to get cash you may not know you had coming,” says Robert Barker, senior civil engineer at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. “Having the kids collect and recycle the containers is a perfect way to teach them the value of recycling and the environment. It also gives them a chance to earn a little spending money.”

A new effort to bring the recycling message to Los Angeles County residents was just launched as a continuation of the County’s multi-year “Get Carried Away” campaign. It utilizes billboards and transit shelter advertising placed strategically throughout the County. The billboards and transit advertisements are designed to direct people to the website address, 888CleanLA.com, and phone number, 1(888)Clean LA, where complete updated lists of recyclable materials can be obtained.

“We’ve found that when it comes to recycling, the vast majority of residents want to do the right thing. It’s largely a matter of keeping them current on what types of materials can and should be recycled and how to do it properly,” said Barker. “By providing the most up to date, how-to information on our website and phone number, residents are better able to act on the options available to them.”

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