Posts Tagged ‘Recycling’


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Hazardous waste chief skirts law

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A contractor paid more than $400,000 annually by San Luis Obispo County’s Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) illegally transports hazardous wastes and has exposed taxpayers to huge fines by encouraging member public agencies to... (Continue reading)

Recycling fraud running rampant in California

California instated the five cent recycling redemption law 25 years ago, and now fraudulent recycling is costing the state as much as $200 million a year. Last year, consumers purchased 8.5 billion recyclable cans in California while 8.3 billion cans... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s proposed bag ban moving forward

Single-use paper and plastic bags could be banned at San Luis Obispo County’s larger grocery stores as early as Jan. 1, 2013, under an ordinance proposed by the county’s Integrated Waste Management Authority. At an authority meeting last week, board... (Continue reading)

Confidential prisoner records found discarded in dumpster

A box of California Men’s Colony (CMC) prisoner files, that contain private information such as psyche evaluations and social security numbers, was found in a dumpster at the Shell gas station on Madonna Road near Highway 101 in San Luis... (Continue reading)

Neighbors’ complaints shut down green waste recycling

A battle over the smell of freshly ground greens has escalated to the point where most of San Luis Obispo County’s green waste composting will be eliminated, raising serious questions about the fate of the Cold Canyon Landfill. On Sept. 1,... (Continue reading)

State trashes recycling program

Last November 1, California abruptly cut all processing payments to its more than 2,400 recycling centers across the state. Experts warn the move will likely costs consumers $100 million in increased fees for beverages and put 5,000 workers in the... (Continue reading)