A California recycling facility this week resumed beverage container reimbursements, more than 10 months after losing its California Redemption Value (CRV) certification due to fraud.
Reimbursements for containers from curbside recycling were halted in late December at the Burbank Recycling Center after its former operator, Geoff Folsom and Burbank Recycling Inc., allegedly swindled California out of $33 million in fraudulent recycling claims at a facility in Long Beach, the Burbank Leader reported.
The city and Burrtec Waste Industries Inc., the facility's new contractor, has since worked with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to receive certifications to pay out CRV reimbursements for beverage containers, the newspaper said.
California's CRV gives 5 cents for certain containers less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for those that are 24 ounces or more.
"This is great news for local residents who have supported the city's recycling program since 1984," Kreigh Hampel, the city's recycling coordinator, told the newspaper.