California is no longer reimbursing Burbank for its curbside recycling because the operator of the city’s recycling center is accused of making more than $48 million in fraudulent claims.
The city received nearly $20,500 in curbside recycling revenues from the state last fiscal year, according to a statement released Tuesday by the city. It will not receive any additional funds until a new operator is certified by the state and a new curbside application is approved.
The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery — known as CalRecycle — denied Burbank’s application in January, but the city appealed. An administrative judge upheld the state decision, which took effect June 25.
Burbank Recycling Inc. and its owner, Geoff Folsom, face allegations that the company bilked the state out of $32 million by submitting claims for out-of-state recyclables.
Over a three-year period, CalRecycle spokesman Mark Oldfield said Burbank Recycling Inc. filed more than $48 million in fraudulent claims.