May 22, 2018
Smugglers turn to recycling fraud
BLYTHE – (INT) – Recycling fraud is a growing business and it’s impacting California’s Redemption Value Program (CRV).

Smuggled drugs aren’t the only import being fought in California. Add to the growing list, beverage containers.

Interstate 10 and Route 95 into Riverside County have become popular routes used by smugglers bringing tons of used containers from Arizona enroute to recycling centers in California. Those shipments could result in payments of tens of thousands of dollars.

A recent recycling fraud sting turned up two, semi-truck loads of containers weighing nearly 15,000 pounds with a potential CRV refund value of $20,000 and the arrest of the drivers. Both face charges of felony recycling fraud, attempted grand theft, filing a false or forged document, and conspiracy.

California consumers pay a CRV fee when purchasing beverages. That fee can be refunded with the return of empty containers. That fee is not paid on beverages purchased outside the state.
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