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.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
A UC Davis researcher has used pigeons to track lead pollution in New York City and plans to do the same in California cities and agricultural areas.
The state of Nevada will pay $120,000 to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint about storm water runoff pollution in Reno.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought. Although mandatory statewide water conservation is over, the State Water Resources Control Board says water conservation remains a "top priority."