San Ramon Valley residents looking to sell their recyclable materials will have to travel a bit farther to do so, after the recent announcement that the RePlanet Recycling center in San Ramon, as well as the one in Dublin, have been permanently closed.
Previously California’s largest recycling center chain, RePlanet Recycling officials announced on Aug. 5 that they would be laying off their entire workforce and that all of their 284 recycling centers and processing facilities throughout the state would be closed down due to increased costs of operations and reduced pricing of recyclables.
“With the continued reduction in state fees, the depressed pricing of recycled aluminum and PET plastic, and the rise in operating costs resulting from minimum wage increases and required health and workers compensation insurance, the company has concluded that operation of these recycling centers and supporting business operations is no longer sustainable,” RePlanet Recycling officials said in a statement.
The next nearest available buy-back recycling center for California Redemption Value (CRV) items -- recyclable items that the state has designated as valid for buy-back -- is now at the Pleasanton Transfer Station and Recycling Center located on 3110 Busch Road.
Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the recycling center is open to Pleasanton residents and non-residents alike and pays for the following materials: aluminum cans, tin cans, glass bottles, clear water jugs, as well as plastic bottles and jugs.
According to CalRecycle -- the state’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery -- as of July 1, 2007, “CRV is 5 cents for each beverage container less than 24 ounces, and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or more for beverages sold in aluminum, glass, plastic containers and bimetal containers.”
Residents in San Ramon will soon become all too familiar with the rising costs associated with recycling and waste management, with their own waste services costs set to increase 30 to 45% come Jan. 1, 2020.
According to city officials, recycling costs throughout the state, and the country, are sharply increasing for a variety of reasons including higher labor costs for waste service employees, new services required by state regulations, and historically low recyclable commodity revenues, those due in no small part to China’s new restrictions on recyclables imports diminishing the worldwide market.
There are 1,224 other recycling centers statewide that buy back empty CRV items, that residents can explore by visiting the official CalRecycle website.