Mark Oldfield with "Cal Recycle" says anyone with more than 25 pounds of aluminum cans or plastic bottles or 250 pounds of glass must stop for an inspection.
"We did a pilot study at border inspection stations to document trucks coming across with loads of beverage container material," says Oldfield. "Based on that three-month study, we estimated that somewhere in the range of $30 million or somewhat more could potentially be coming into the state being claimed for illegal redemption each year."
A driver must tell an inspector where the material is going and keep a copy of the inspection.
The change is one of several that Cal Recycle hopes will save the fund $130 million dollars per year by 2017.
A study published June 16 by UC Davis and other researchers shows that wild bee diversity is declining. The researchers said steps must be taken to conserve them -- and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
The company responsible for the crude oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast said Wednesday that cleanup costs are $3 million a day.
Groups sue California, U.S. officials over management of water supply, claiming fish and the Delta estuary are being short-changed.
Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution. Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.