Border Checks Now Required For Bottle and Can Importers



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A new regulation effective today requires some drivers carrying recyclable materials to stop at an agricultural inspection station.

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.

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