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Check the list. “Option A” stores and markets MUST give you your money back. “Option B” stores do not have to because they pay the State $100 per day to opt out. Print out this list and keep it with you.
The giant recycling Company rePlanet has closed down. It was running at a loss for quite some time, and it was up to the State of California’s CalRecycle to help them out. Because the big grocery chains and the gas station stores and the 7-11 stores lobbied so they would not have to bear an unreasonable cost and hassle to take care of the recycling bottles and cans and returning deposits, companies like rePlanet took up the challenge. The problem was rising costs, rising wages, and now facing a 25% tariff tax on all recyclables going to China, they needed financial help from the State. Not enough was offered, so down they went, and now almost 1,500 recycling outlets have closed down in the last few years.
The State, however, is laughing all the way to the bank. They get all the money from the CRV deposits and make even more money because they don’t have to pay it back to the consumer. They make some $200,000,000 per year on this. This is now a serious fraud on the California consumer, who pays a deposit and now can’t find a place to get their money back.
And then there are the cities, many of whom have closed down their recycling yards. They now get all their bottles and cans FREE in the blue recycle bins, and SELL them to the State of Callifornia, thereby making millions of dollars.
Read our other posts on this, and also go to www.SouthlandNewsBureau for more..
Also check out www.container-Recycling.org for more information
Official Document Directs Consumers To Use City Blue Containers Instead of getting back CRV Deposit
Official Documents from the City of Santa Monica proves the despicable conspiracy with the State politicians to cheat consumers, homeless, and low-income folks out of millions of dollars. Document #1 (above) gives notice that the BuyBack Center, located at 2411 Delaware Ave., Santa Monica, would permanently close on June 15th. Note lower down the page where we have placed a red arrow, the City directs consumers to put their bottles and cans in the city (blue) recycle bins for free, not collecting back their CRV deposit.
This cynical conspiracy first started by closing 1,000 recycling centers, including the huge Santa Monica buyback center where thousands of consumers, homeless, and low income folks came to get their deposit money for CRV bottles and cans. Then the City directs consumers to give them all their CRV bottles and Cans for free. The State of California collects untold millions of dollars for deposits on cans and bottles, so by choking off the process of returning the CRV deposits that they in effect are holding “in trust” from the consumer, they stand to gain huge amounts of cash for a slush fund for greedy Sacramento politicians.
According to Consumer Watchdog, the State has already amassed hundreds of millions of dollars with the CRV program, simply because most consumers are too lazy or busy to bother with keeping track and returning bottles and cans to get their deposit back. Over the years, the State has made it increasingly difficult for consumers to return the bottles and cans. First they allowed markets, liquor stores, gas stations, and other outlets to SELL bottles and cans of water and beverages, but stopped forcing these same locations to ACCEPT the cans back and redeem their deposits. Then the State contracted with some private company to put in a few machines here and there where consumers could drop in their cans and bottles and get a receipt that would be cashed (redeemed) by a local business or market. The bad news for consumers is that the machines are not correctly programmed and so do not accept many qualified bottles and cans. We proved that in 2010 by video taping bottles from Ralph’s Market that would not be accepted by the machines (see video link in previous article). Ralph’s also refused to redeem the CRV bottles. This was only one example out of many, many mistakes the machines would reject.
The machines also jam up frequently, and the company removed the custodians who they originally had to empty the machines. Anyone watching this process for an hour or so will see that the machines can fill up in 30 minutes and then they are jammed for the rest of the day. Consumers soon tire of haulig around their bottles and cans only to be met with defective, out of order machines. Many of even these defective and sloppy operations have now been closed down.
By now closing down the big buyback centers, consumers, homeless and low-income folks now have nowhere to go in many areas. On the West Side of L.A., with Santa Monica closed, there is nowhere to go west of the 405 freeway. Which brings us to the final insult in Document #2, below:
The first red arrow shows just where your bottles and cans go, you know, the ones you are now GIVING the City FOR FREE. They are collected by the City and given to a private “Recycling” company who then sells the bottles and cans back to industry. It is not clear if this company is sorting out the CRV to sell back to the State of California. It should be noted that the CRV deposit is often more that the “per pound” price of plastic and aluminum.
The second red arrow points consumers to the “nearest” redemption centers, one in Cheviot Hills and one in Culver City. Does anyone in their right mind think for one minute that consumers are going to drive all the way to Cheviot Hills to MAYBE get their CRV deposit back? Can you envision some poor homeless bloke riding a bike with bags of bottles and cans all the way to Culver City? This shameless plot against consumers highlights the class war that is going on. The political elite and their fellow conspirators in Santa Monica City Council have just pulled off a huge heist of millions of dollars from an unknowing, hapless public. The next question: IS THERE AN HONEST DISTRICT ATTORNEY WHO WILL BREAK UP THIS CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.?
With the closing this week of the Santa Monica Recycling Center, there is now no place to redeem your bottles and cans west of the 405 Freeway. Not only has the State failed to return the money collected from consumers to help the local recycling centers, but a criminal conspiracy between the State of California, some of the large grocers, and certain trash waste haulers have put hundreds of millions of dollars into the hands of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.
Another side-effect is that many thousands of homeless folks, low income folks, and other citizens who make all or part of their meager living by picking up trash and bottles for recycling are finding it hard to keep doing it because over 40% of the recycling centers have closed down, meaning that in many areas there is nowhere to go to turn in your bottles and cans. Collecting and redeeming bottles and cans brings in a small amount of coin for the poverty class. Cheating the public in such a blatant way is one more example of the class war that is being conducted by the political elite in Sacramento and many other states..
Over 1,000 Redemption Centers closed in California
According to Susan Collins of the Container Recycling Institute, over 1000 Redemption Centers have been recently closed. All of us are forced to pay the CRV (recycling) fee when you buy water or beverages. You pay 5 cents for small bottles and 10 cents for large containers. You are entitled by law to get your money back, but the State of California has found a way to cheat you by making it almost impossible to return the bottles. When this program started years ago the merchant who sold you the beverage had to take the container back. Then all the merchants were exempted due to lobbying by the big market chains because it was a bother for them.. The greedy crooks in California didn’t want to cut the markets in for their trouble in collecting the fees and then collecting the bottles back, so they then contracted out to some companies to install machines in some (not all) market locations.These machines were not programmed correctly, here’s a video we shot back in 2010 proving that Ralph’s market collected the CRV and then Rejected the bottle for a return credit.
Consumer Watchdog Accuses California of Breaking the Social Contract
Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog, has accused the State of California of breaking the social contract with it’s citizens. The Cal Recycle Agency is sitting on $360 Million Dollars, money they have collected from consumers they have cheated from getting their deposits back. God knows how many more millions have been siphoned off or stolen. For instance, who audits the tens of thousands of gas stations, small markets, large markets and other outlets who COLLECT the deposit money. How much of that cash is actually just EMBEZZLED and never given to the State? In addition, some independent recycling centers have been caught trucking in plastic bottles from Arizona and selling them to the State for CRV deposit. The “per pound” price paid for plastic bottles can often be less than the California CRV, another way the consumer is cheated by this system. The State also was cheated when recycling centers bought plastic bottles from out of state by the pound and sold them to California for the higher CRV.
Santa Monica Closes the Last Redemption Center on the Westside
Santa Monica, choked off from funds even though the gluttonous Governor and his cronies are sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars of consumer paid in money, is closing the last Recycling Center on the Westside of Los Angeles. The West L.A. area consumers pay around 6 million dollars a year for CRV deposits, Now, there is nowhere close to go to get your money back. Here’s a video of the closing, with Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog and Susan Collins of Container Recycling Institute:
Outrage over Santa Monica City Council Action Closing Center
With the Recycling Center now closed, thousands of homeless and low-income folks have nowhere to take bottles collected off streets. Consumers have nowhere to get their deposits back. The City, meanwhile pays trash haulers huge amounts to fill landfills. The bottles and cans in trash trucks go mostly to landfills because they are contaminated inside the trucks. The bottles and cans collected by the Recycling centers are generally clean and can be made into new bottles and cans.
The United States Attorney Must Investigate This Corruption in the State of Caifornia
The U.S. Attorney should launch a serious investigation into this multi-million dollar fraud. Here’s some of the main points.
Here’s the third and final part of the series on what of what to pack in your backpack to live anywhere in the world. Shashi also discusses the problems of monkeys in India and warns about them. Also check out your local REI store, she purchased a lot of her light weight stuff there.
Coming Soon – Part 3
by Adventurer Shashi Harrie
Video by Paulie Hunt
Photos by Julie Webster
Shashi’s Latest and Famous Backpack
Our dear friend Shashi was just about to leave for another travel adventure. She had been globe-trotting for over 20 years, living simply and mostly out of her back pack and a rolly suitcase. She has been almost everywhere, including Tibet and Latin America. This trip was to go back to India, seeking wisdom at her favorite Ashram.
Before she left we persuaded her to meet at a friend’s apartment and go through her entire backpack kit. Over the years she had refined the things she carried to get the lightest items, but also the strongest and long lasting items. I know that one of her favorite places was REI in Santa Monica for excellent camping gear. She agreed to share her experience and go through the items that she has found to be a necessity for extended travel and adventure. She caries a water filter, a rice cooker, and a device to grind nuts and seeds, because she will be eating mostly things she prepares and finds in even small villages, including rice, beans and fresh veggies.. Being on the road can be expensive if you travel like a rich tourist and stay in hotels and have all meals in restaurants. Shashi prefers to be on foot or bus and find a really cheap place to stay or camp and cook her own food. This savings allows her to travel constantly on a very small fixed income. She also works a little along the way, or trades services with businesses. She has fixed computers, done bookkeeping, is a licensed acupuncturist, a trained karate security guard, and many other talents.
Please enjoy the video below and following that some photos we took of her equipment. Notice that to keep organized, things are kept in cloth or vinyl waterproof bags and little pouches. For instance, the first aid kit is in one bag, toiletries in another, food prep stuff in another. That keeps everything organized in her backpack.
Note: The video below is only 16 minutes. We will upload the entire 50 minute version soon.
Shashi Harri (L) and Julie Webster
Big Fun Videographer Paulie with Shashi Harri
I am very sad to say that our dear friend passed away on her last trip in early 2019, due to being caught in a dreadful storm and getting pneumonia. We will certainly miss her calm disposition and great knowledge. This is her last gift to those who live out of their backpacks, by choice or by chance and hard times. She was so happy to share this information with everyone at gypsycool. Rest In Peace dear Shashi Harrie.