Legislature needs to rethink California’s recycling program, audit concludes

Persistent deficits undermining California’s recycling fund compel the Legislature to rethink how the program is structured, a new state audit concludes.

Auditors suggested a handful of approaches, including a crackdown on fraud and perhaps broadening the kinds of products that are redeemable.

“The beverage program continues to face deficits,” the audit says, and “immediate action is needed to ensure the continued viability of the program.”