I’m a huge proponent of recycling. But the bottle redemption gig California has going on? Not so sure it makes sense.

California starting this year is charging a 5 or 10 cent fee on every glass wine and spirits bottle, as well as on large fruit and vegetable juice containers. For consumers to get their “deposit” back they have to take those containers to a designated recycling center.

Mine already go in my blue bin for the garbage company to pick up each week. This means I’m out the money even though I’m recycling. For years I’ve been out the deposit on aluminum cans, beer bottles and the like.

I realize it’s my choice how I choose to recycle. I’m going with convenience. I don’t want to keep a separate container for redeemable goods that I would have to haul somewhere to get a couple bucks back.

According to CalRecycle, the nearest place for me to take my recyclables is in another town 15 miles away. Clearly, not convenient.

In fact, I’d likely spend more money in gas than I would get back in cash.

I feel like I’m being punished. I’m paying a fee that the state is going to get to keep.

I don’t know how I lose each year by not redeeming the depois. I don’t actually care. It’s the principle of the whole thing. It’s government overreach.

It’s hard for me to believe this added fee will get more goods recycled. This is one of those cases where I’d like to be proven wrong. I’d like to think the powers that be who continue to make California a bigger nanny state every year know what they are doing. I hope this change will be better for the greater good, but I don’t have much faith in government these days at any level.

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