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Big Chunk Of California’s Recycling Centers Close Down

Big Chunk Of California’s Recycling Centers Close Down


RECYCLING CENTER? KPIX 5 REPORTER DEVIN FEHELY SAYS FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE ARE. HE HAS SOME NEW NUMBERS ABOUT HOW MANY RECYCLING CENTERS ARE CLOSING. DEVIN: [NATS] LARGER RECYCLING CENTERS LIKE RANCH TOWN RECYCLING IN SAN JOSE HAVE GOTTEN WAVES OF NEW CUSTOMERS AS SMALLER OPERATIONS ACROSS THE STATE HAVE SHUT DOWN. “RECYCLING CENTER CUSTOMER ANTHONY ZACH: People are going to want to take the easiest way out which would probably be to recycle less and throw away more.” [NATS] ANTHONY ZACH USED TO HAUL HIS CANS AND BOTTLES TO A RECYCLING CENTER IN SARATOGA WHICH HAS SINCE CLOSED ITS DOORS. AND HE’s CONCERNED THE INCONVENIENCE MAY CAUSE OTHERS TO STOP RECYCLING. “RECYCLING CENTER CUSTOMER ANTHONY ZACH: More or less, people would probably be inclined to throw them away because it takes extra effort and gas and extra resources to go somewhere else and recycle.” ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY THE NON-PROFIT CONTAINER RECYCLING INSTITUTE… RECYCLING CENTERS ACROSS THE STATE ARE HEMORRAGING MONEY… COLLECTIVELY LOSING MORE THAN 20-MILLION DOLARS IN 2015… AND MORE THAN 400 (421) HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS ALTOGETHER. THE PROBLEM… THE MONEY THE STATE PAYS RECYCLING CENTERS… OFTEN ISN’T ENOUGH FOR THEM TO MAKE A PROFIT. BUT SOME CUSTOMERS BELIEVE THE CONCERNS ABOUT A DIP IN RECYCLING ARE OVERBLOWN. “RECYCLING CENTER CUSTOMER DARIO LERMA: People are always going to recycle. Big centers like the one next to us, people will find it. They’ll find a way to recycle.” MAKING THE CUT… COMING UP, WE’LL SHOW YOU THE 10-

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