A city ordinance passed last summer placed new restrictions on recycling for cash at private deposit centers in Alhambra, and since then most have moved or closed. Director of Community Services Mary Swink told the Pasadena Star-News that the city wanted to remove the "dirty" facilities from the public eye, and also preferred that residents used municipal trash recycling services instead which helps fulfill solid-waste requirements.
"Residents are paying for that already so they might as well use it," she told the Star-News.
Swink told the Source it's important to note this is not a ban, and not related to the recent partnership with Recyclebank, a company that provides incentives for recycling through a rewards system. "We’re not outlawing them; we’re just moving," Swink said of private recycling. "We were just trying to get them out of the residential areas and the commercial areas. You can have them in industrial areas. And they will screen them off from street view."
A recycle-for-cash location at Albertson's on Commonwealth Avenue is one of two remaining in the city, and will be appealing the ordinance on Monday at the City Council meeting. In this video, made in 2010, customers share why they choose to recycle for cash and what it means to them, from dollars for camping to food on the table.