SAN FRANCISCO—The City failed to secure a $3 million funding opportunity to help aid the consumer and merchant loss that followed the closure of multiple recycling centers across the state.
Over the past five years, hundreds of recycling centers have been shut down across California due to the 33-year-old program struggling to remain profitable. This led to consumers relying on grocery stores to act as recycling depots, but most major grocers will not take back empty bottles as it uses too many of their own resources.
Environmental companies have suggested some solutions in response to the shutdowns such as promoting the recycling centers that remain in the state, or cracking down on major retailers that undercount their deposits or do not take back empty bottles and cans.
The City planned on using the $3 million in funding to operate a mobile recycling center. It would cover trucks and kiosks, processing spaces, labor, and marketing. However, they did not receive the funding and must resort to other outlets to achieve financial backing.
Despite the setback, it has been reported that approximately $700,000 will go towards the program’s funding, which includes a grant through CalRecycle that they plan on applying for shortly. Nonetheless, the scarcity of resources will force the pilot to be less comprehensive and more limited than The City intended originally.
For more information on where and how to recycle in The City, visit: https://sfenvironment.org/.