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Santa Monica Recycling Center to Close 'Until Further Notice'
By Jorge Casuso
June 11, 2019 -- The recycling "Buyback Center" at the Santa Monica City Yards will shut down Saturday until further notice after the City Council rejected a proposal from its recycling contractor last month.
The City will continue its curbside recycling collection for residential and commercial customers, City officials said.
Those who want to redeem CRV beverage containers for cash will have to visit a recycling center outside the city, officials said. The closest are in Culver City and Cheviot Hills.
"We are exploring how to work with a recycling contractor on a month-to-month basis for processing recyclables for the short term," City officials said.
Yvonne Yeung, principal administrative analyst for the City, said there is no plan to reopen the "Buyback Center" at 2411 Delaware Avenue or at "another location in Santa Monica at this time."
"The City is actively considering alternative options," she said
The closure of the Buyback Center comes after the Council on May 28 turned down the Allan Company's proposed seven-year contract extension with a three-year option.
The $1 million a year contract -- which required a commitment to rebuild the City's recycling center with new equipment -- came after China stopped accepting recyclables from the U.S.
The "Sword policy" instituted two years ago crashed the market for recyclables and forced the City to adjust its contract with Allan, staff said in its report to the Council.
Under an agreement modification last year, the City went from receiving $27.50 per net ton to paying $25 per net ton, staff said.
Instead of reaping $300,000 a year in revenues, the City is now paying approximately $275,000 per year in expenditures.
Staff's request for proposals for a new operator was downloaded by 30 operators, but only two proposals, including Allan's, were submitted.
Yeung said staff will return to City Council this Fall "with a recommendation about how to move forward with a long-term approach to provide recycling services, including potential Buyback Center options."
The nearest redemption centers are at the following locations:
• Cheviot Hills – rePlanet Recycling Center at Von’s, 9860 National Boulevard, Los Angeles.
• Culver City – rePlanet Recycling Center at Ralphs, 10772 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City.
For frequently asked questions about the Buyback Center click here
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