FAMILY ACCUSED OF FRAUD FOR EARNING $7.6 MILLION RECYCLING ARIZONA CANS AND BOTTLES IN CALIFORNIA
An Arizona family finds themselves in hot water over a recycling operation that spanned across state lines into California. The issue at hand is the transportation of tin cans and plastic bottles, which, in California, falls under a program offering monetary incentives for recycling these items. However, Arizona lacks such a program, making it unlawful to transport recyclables to the neighboring state.
Investigators have determined that the family engaged in an illegal recycling operation, allegedly smuggling a staggering 178 tons of plastic and aluminum into California. Through this unlawful endeavor, they reportedly profited nearly 8 million dollars from the state’s recycling program.
With the alleged smuggling operation, the family has come under scrutiny for their actions that violate California’s recycling regulations and potentially hinder the state’s sustainability initiatives.
The funds in question are intended by California to encourage its residents to participate in recycling efforts. Stock Photo Getty Images