Recycling Stations Common Sights Near Grocery Stores

State law requires that convenience centers be set up for consumers to redeem the 5 cent redemption fee charged on various beverages. Do you take advantage of these centers?


Neighborhood recycling stations like this one in the parking lot of a Safeway in San Leandro are a common in California.

State law requires that stores with sales of $2 million or more a year set up convenience centers where consumers can recoup the nickel or dime they are charged as an incentive to recycle.

But who takes advantange of these centers to recoup their nickles? 

Do you redeem your beverage containers? Or do you toss them into your recycling containers and let someone else take the trouble and collect the fee?

x February 21, 2013 at 06:23 PM
There's one here in Castro Valley behind the Lucky's Grocery store. You have to specifically tell them you want to individually redeem your nickel or dime on your recycling and they only do that for the first 50 of each type; aluminum, plastic, glass. After that that just weigh it in. Here's a link to the California Recycling Beverage Container FAQs http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/bevcontainer/
Terri February 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM
If state law requires, as you stated, that stores with sales in excess of $2mil provide a convenience center for recycling, why is there not one at the Safeway in Washington Square? There is one at the smaller Bancroft Safeway but not the downtown location. Wonder what is the exception to the law.


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