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Local Opportunities for Recycling Following RePlanet Closures

Post Date:09/18/2019

Within the last month, the private company RePlanet closed all of its remaining 285 recycling centers, including those in the City of San Luis Obispo. The increasing costs of business and decreasing value of recycled aluminum and plastic has created a challenging economic situation for the industry and has led to many redemption centers going out of business. However, it is still very important to recycle and reduce waste. 

In response to the recent recycling center closures, and under the requirement of the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, local businesses that sell bottled and/or canned beverages are accepting recyclables and refunding CRV deposits to customers. 

The following facilities are verified to accept and refund CRV deposits within the City:

  • Cork N Bottle Liquor Store, 774 Foothill Blvd
  • Ellensons Chevron, 151 N Santa Rosa St
  • Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins, 896 E Foothill Blvd
  • Rite Aid , 1251 Johnson Ave
  • Rite Aid, 956 Foothill Blvd
  • San Luis Oriental Market, 1255 Monterey St
  • Shell, 3 Santa Rosa St

California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program began in 1987 to provide cash incentive for recycling. Consumers pay into the program at the point of sale of a CRV-eligible beverage container and can return the container to a recycling center for a refund of five or ten cents depending on container size. To date, more than 300 billion aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers have been recycled. 

If you have questions regarding recent recycling center closures, or CRV, contact Jordan Hopkins at (805) 781-7213 or jhopkins@slocity.org.

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