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April 19, 2023



I wish the large grocery store chains here would get those reverse vending machines for recycling bottles and cans like they have in many European countries.

Gerald Weisl

Governor Newsom spoke about the dollars in the State bank account for CRV 'deposits' being unclaimed, not realizing most people put their cans and bottles in the recycling bins instead of redeeming them for the five and ten-cent deposits. The original intent of the charge for cans and bottles was to clean up the streets. That has happened.

I sent Governor Newsom a note asking when he last redeemed $5 worth of cans and bottles, but he has yet to respond.

The "convenience zone" is centered at a supermarket. In our area, it's Mollie Stone's. If there is not a bona fide recycling center within a one mile radius, then all "beverage retailers" are required to take back cans & bottles and pay people for them.
Then the business owner can take those cans and bottles to the recycling center.

In our town, the nearest place is on Amphlett Blvd, precisely 1.21 miles from Mollie Stones, thus obliging all beverage retailers to redeem cans and bottles.

Then this can create a game of "hot potato," with one retailer taking those newly-redeemed cans and bottles to another beverage retailer in the neighborhood.

Welcome to California.


I'm sorry. If you make over $150k you only get .03 back per can. If you make under $25K you get .20 per can.

hollyroller@ gmail.com

What is the point you are attempting to share?

hollyroller@ gmail.com

On the "other hand," in the 1960's myself, and a lot of kids would bring Glass Bottles to Safeway, get "money." Spend it on Candy or more Soda. Unfortunately, the only people I see collecting Cans and Bottles now are usually over 20 years old. Next thing "you know" Burlingame will begin having the BPD do stake outs on Hillside to catch the poor people who just want a Roof and Food. The BPD really has been forced by "City Hall" to "Stake Out" Recyling Bin Theft. Silly.


I get Phinancier's point--it's like the electricity proposal.

My point is we hear about supporting small business and making it easier to do business (e.g. in B'game) but then Sacramento or San Mateo County or sometimes the City (taking parking spaces on California) turn around and do the opposite. It frustrating how much harm do-gooders do.

hollyroller@ gmail.com

Excellent Point Joe.

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