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(LA Times)   California: We'll give you a nickel deposit for every can you return for recycling. Nevada and Arizona: Hey, look, California's giving out free nickels   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2012-10-07 06:48:04 PM  
8 votes:
It's a dime here in Canada but please take our Nickleback.
2012-10-07 06:25:59 PM  
7 votes:

Introitus: Oh darn, now California has a bunch of aluminum.

That means they have stealth bombers. I don't even have cannons yet!
2012-10-07 04:53:13 PM  
5 votes:
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2012-10-07 06:52:56 PM  
3 votes:
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same thing
2012-10-07 06:28:28 PM  
3 votes:
If recycling means they give me nickleback then me might as well throw can away.
2012-10-07 10:14:14 PM  
2 votes:

proteus_b: not to mention the costs of the recycling fraud unit...

In the Environmental Justice System, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious misdemeanors are members of an elite squad known as the Recycling Fraud Unit. These are their stories.
2012-10-07 06:25:30 PM  
2 votes:
I think the real problem is that California is only pocketing $1mil from the previous transactions and feels they'd be getting more if out of state cans weren't brought in.

Aluminum isn't ending up in landfills, that is all I care about. Somehow it is OK for Mitt Romney to find loopholes to make money on taxes but not cool for someone across the border in Nevada.
2012-10-07 09:47:44 PM  
1 vote:

meanmutton: In Michigan, we have machines you have to put your bottles back in. They scan the bottles and if it's an out-of-state bottle, it gets rejected.

In California, we have hippies & make-work program folks in off-site recycling centers (i.e. not in a supermarket like in Michigan) who take a garbage bag full of empties, pick it up & approximate how much you have in your garbage bag, and then dole out your refund.
2012-10-07 07:29:54 PM  
1 vote:
I like CRV. It means I can put a recyclable can or bottle anywhere -- from the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the Mariana Trench -- and some hobo will manage to find it and recycle it for me.
2012-10-07 07:18:19 PM  
1 vote:

tenpoundsofcheese: This maybe having an impact, but it is a drop in the bucket of things that are "draining California cash"

Was about to say... yeah, illegal recycling is why CA has problems.

And unemployment is down, too. Tell me another one.
2012-10-07 07:01:05 PM  
1 vote:
Did anyone else hear the voice of Slim Pickens say in their head; " We're gonna need a shiat load of nickles."?
2012-10-07 07:00:41 PM  
1 vote:
Not surprised something like this happens. too much chance for easy money if you live near the border of a state in which you can get a fixed amount of money for item item you recycle with seeming no fool proof way to ensure it was sold with in the state.
2012-10-07 06:51:49 PM  
1 vote:
When I was 12 there was an unattended recycling machine in the local supermarket's parking lot. It was huge, a 10 by 20 cage that looked like it would get loaded onto a flatbed truck. You fed the empties through a hole in a machine at the front. It weighed them, kicked the empties into the bin and then spat out change.

So it took me about two visits of turning in an afternoon's collection of aluminum to realize that the labor/reward ratios was way too low. That's when I started filling the cans with water and leaving them out to freeze over night before feeding them to the machine. That produced a much higher rate of return and except for the coldest parts of winter all the evidence would melt during the day. I made sure I never did it often enough to raise suspicions, maybe once or twice a month and I never told anyone about the scam or else every kid in the neighborhood would have tried to cash in and ruin it.

And that is the entirety of my criminal enterprises.

/CSB, I know.
2012-10-07 06:44:25 PM  
1 vote:

Introitus: Oh darn, now California has a bunch of aluminum.

TFA: recyclers inside the state are claiming redemptions [...] for containers that never existed.

So California doesn't get the aluminum it pays for.
2012-10-07 06:39:17 PM  
1 vote:
So that's what the TSA does with all those dangerous drinks.
2012-10-07 06:32:07 PM  
1 vote:
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California or bust.
2012-10-07 06:29:08 PM  
1 vote:

bingo the psych-o: Introitus: Oh darn, now California has a bunch of aluminum.

That means they have stealth bombers. I don't even have cannons yet!

Quick, build the recycling center! just like...California....oh wait....huh.....hmmm.
2012-10-07 06:26:57 PM  
1 vote:
Employees were so lazy at the Lincoln City, OR Safeway that all you would have to do is throw your bag of empty cans in a bin in the back room and tell them how much you had. I always had 15.00 more than I thought I had, imagine that!
2012-10-07 06:19:48 PM  
1 vote:

dahmers love zombie: Ultimately, the owner of Ace Recycling, Michael Barshak, and several others pleaded guilty to grand theft and unlawful recycling.

What is this I don't even.

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2012-10-07 03:52:35 PM  
1 vote:
Oh darn, now California has a bunch of aluminum.
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