Why are hundreds of California recycling centers closing?

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Paper trash at Berkeley recycling center. Credit: D Coetzee/Public Domain.

Recycling centers -- those places where you bring your bottles and cans and get a little change in return – are closing. On Monday, nearly 300 of those centers were shut down across California, and 750 workers were laid off. That's despite Governor Gavin Newsom including an additional $5 million subsidy in the new budget for low-volume recyclers.


Susan Collins - Container Recycling Institute

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