By Steve Scauzillo | Southern California News GroupPUBLISHED: April 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm | UPDATED: April 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm Recycling just keeps getting harder to do. As neighborhood recycling centers close, consumers may turn to supermarkets, drug and convenience stores to redeem their plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans for their cash value. However, a consumer group found that even though the state recycling agency lists some 3,800 stores as buyback locations, many may not be aware they are supposed to accept empties and return deposits. Some are flat out refusing. In a targeted audit of about 50 stores in West Los Angeles and the west San Fernando Valley, two-thirds refused to take consumers’ empty cans and bottles as required, failing to recycle. Large chain stores sampled that denied access included Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons and others, the group reported. A representative from Vons and Albertsons corporate offices declined to comment and referred all calls to Southern California spokesperson Melissa Hill, who was not available for comment. Of the remaining one-third stores audited, less than half provided easy access to consumers seeking their deposits back, according to results released Tuesday by Consumer Watchdog, a group advocating… Read full this story
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