Since January 1, 2016, over 300 “convenience zone” (CZ) recycling centers—those generally located within a half mile of supermarkets—have closed. CZ recycling centers are an important part of California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program (BCRP). They provide a convenient location for consumers to recycle beverage containers and have their deposit—the California Redemption Value, or “CRV”—repaid. This post examines the closures by reviewing programs in other states and identifying options to improve convenient recycling options in California.
[PDF] Overview of the Beverage Container Recycling ProgramReport May 16, 2016
Addressing California’s Convenience Zone Recycling Center ClosuresReport Apr 29, 2015
[PDF] An Analysis of the Beverage Container Recycling Program