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 program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.
The increase in the number of wildfires in California and the western U.S. may partly be caused by climate change.
The San Joaquin Valley enjoyed three weeks of healthy air in July for the first time in 20 years.
The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban bobcat trapping in the state.