A California law that took effect Nov. 1 reduced the amount of money recyclers can make selling cans, bottles and cartons back to the state. They can no longer commingle wine, liquor and milk bottles with soda, beer and water bottles on which deposits were paid; the former can only be redeemed now for scrap value, which is negligible. The change has slashed what was a major source of income for many poor and homeless people.
Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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