Reactions were mixed at the Burbank Recycle Center on Tuesday — the first day the facility stopped paying CRV reimbursement for recyclables after its operator was slapped with allegations that it filed $33 million in fraudulent claims at another recycling center.
The change threatens to drive customers like Cathy MacDonald away. The Burbank resident usually receives about $6 per visit for her recyclables. On Tuesday, she only got 23 cents.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” she said as she brought her plastic recyclables to the facility on Flower Street.
She planned to take her aluminum cans to another recycling center for full CRV reimbursement.
The center now pays only scrap value for aluminum cans and plastic items.
It used to pay $1.54 for a pound of aluminum cans, but it dropped to 20 cents under the new arrangement. And where customers could once get 93 cents for clear plastic bottles and 55 cents per pound for opaque plastic items, they now just get 5 cents per pound.