A new California law that tightens the state's recycling redemption rules is squeezing people who cash in bottles and plastic to get by.
The Los Angeles Times reports that as of Nov. 1, recycling centers started paying much less for containers including wine bottles and milk jugs that do not have a specific redemption value.
An empty beer or soda bottle can still be turned in for a nickel or dime. But under the new law, recycling centers receive only the much-lower, scrap value for containers with no specific redemption value.
That means people who scour cities to collect recyclables get much less as well.
A load of recyclables that used to be worth $200 might now only fetch $50.