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#1 folsom500

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 03:25 PM

While my tests of counted glass beer bottles seem to pass the test at the CRV redemption center in the Walmart parking lot, they are not even close on plastic drink CRV bottles.

I did a small test last week on the 1/2 liter standard plastic bottles and was offered a CRV equivalent of 57% of the CRV value - it was only 38 bottles but they offered $1.10 instead of the $1.90 CRV value. I challenged it and asked for a count for full value of the $0.05 per bottle I paid for the CRV and I had to count them out and got the full amount.

IT is a small issue - but an issue non the less.

Just so you know

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 04:02 PM

... IT is a small issue ...

Not when you multiply it by the volume they process over time. I wonder if this could fall under the jurisdiction of the Dept of Food & Ag Division of Measurement Standards. There might be a weights and measures violation here.
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 08:12 PM

Thanks for the heads up! I feel entitled to my full refund on CRV too if I'm going to take the time to collect them and recycle them myself. I'll ask for the individual count because of this too. :)

While my tests of counted glass beer bottles seem to pass the test at the CRV redemption center in the Walmart parking lot, they are not even close on plastic drink CRV bottles.

I did a small test last week on the 1/2 liter standard plastic bottles and was offered a CRV equivalent of 57% of the CRV value - it was only 38 bottles but they offered $1.10 instead of the $1.90 CRV value. I challenged it and asked for a count for full value of the $0.05 per bottle I paid for the CRV and I had to count them out and got the full amount.

IT is a small issue - but an issue non the less.

Just so you know

Cheers
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Posted 29 January 2011 - 09:10 AM

wonder what agency regulates this. I know they are always checking gas stations to make sure you get the gallon of gas you pay for. this was good investigative work,

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:29 AM

The recycling at Walmart doesn't like to do individual. They like to do it by weight. They actually told me to go over the to IGA recycling center. That guy is super nice and does all individual recycling. He even talks bad about the Walmart one. However, that doesn't make it right. In CT where I am from every store that sells a bottle must take it back and give full CRV on indivdual items. They all have the automated machines in their lobbies. It seems like a big scam here becuase most people just recycle and don't get their $ back.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:56 AM

We recycle CRV stuff through Empire Oaks' recycling program. Every Tuesday we drop off a bag in the bins that they have. You can just drive through the parking lot and drop the stuff off. The school gets 50% of the proceeds.

Just another option for those not inclined to go to places like the Walmart facility.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:28 AM

In some more forward thinking states, they have machines in the grocery stores that patrons feed the cans and bottles into. The machine reads the bar codes on the vessel and spits out a receipt for 10 cents (bottle deposit) for each one that was fed into it. It even flattens the cans. The customer takes the receipt to cash register and they give you the cash. A much better system than getting them weighed in special garbage cans. But then again I said it was in forward thinking states.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:43 AM

In some more forward thinking states, they have machines in the grocery stores that patrons feed the cans and bottles into. The machine reads the bar codes on the vessel and spits out a receipt for 10 cents (bottle deposit) for each one that was fed into it. It even flattens the cans. The customer takes the receipt to cash register and they give you the cash. A much better system than getting them weighed in special garbage cans. But then again I said it was in forward thinking states.

Just think of the environmental savings if we went back to the days of glass bottles being returned that were then washed and re-filled. Remember the thick glass bottles that sometimes could even handle being dropped with out breaking. Of course in our mega-size modern world, most people couldn't survive on a mere 6 1/2 fluid ounce of coca-cola. But I remember collecting those bottles as they had different cities identifying where they originally came from. Washing & re-filling is far more environmentally friendly than melting down to form a new bottle. Sometimes backwards thinking is more environmentally friendly. Plastics made the throw-away society possible.

Out of the logo, Recycle Reduce Reuse, we don't do enough reusing in our society. We used to Reuse more than we do today. And large corporations really need to help with the Reduce, improvements have been made, but we still over-package many products.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:45 AM

While my tests of counted glass beer bottles seem to pass the test at the CRV redemption center in the Walmart parking lot, they are not even close on plastic drink CRV bottles.

I did a small test last week on the 1/2 liter standard plastic bottles and was offered a CRV equivalent of 57% of the CRV value - it was only 38 bottles but they offered $1.10 instead of the $1.90 CRV value. I challenged it and asked for a count for full value of the $0.05 per bottle I paid for the CRV and I had to count them out and got the full amount.

IT is a small issue - but an issue non the less.

Just so you know

Cheers
F500

A friend of mine who lives in American River Canyon says that at Vicks grocery store there (I think on Oak Ave & ARC Drive) they have a machine that you feed, so that you get credit for all your bottles. I haven't gone there yet, but might really consider it since you brought up this issue!

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 03:10 PM

I go to the one at Walmart and I take 50 one liter plastic bottles @ .10 each.

I tell him that there are 50 at .10 and he always gives me $5.00 for them.

The problem with the one liter bottles is that he will only take 50 at a time
and he has a sign up there saying that. I don't understand why I can't take
all I have at one time. I have over 200 of them here right now.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:39 PM

If you have more than $5 worth they want you to do it by the pound. You are lucky the guy at Walmart takes them. He told me he would do it as a favor but from then on I had to go to Vic's. He only likes to do it by the pound at Walmart he saud. The machine at Vic's only works sometimes. Not turned on, jammed, full. etc.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:06 PM

I go to the one at Walmart and I take 50 one liter plastic bottles @ .10 each.

I tell him that there are 50 at .10 and he always gives me $5.00 for them.

The problem with the one liter bottles is that he will only take 50 at a time
and he has a sign up there saying that. I don't understand why I can't take
all I have at one time. I have over 200 of them here right now.

I think it is a volume thing. that's just a guess on my part, but it's what I think the issue is.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 06:26 AM

If you have more than $5 worth they want you to do it by the pound. You are lucky the guy at Walmart takes them. He told me he would do it as a favor but from then on I had to go to Vic's. He only likes to do it by the pound at Walmart he saud. The machine at Vic's only works sometimes. Not turned on, jammed, full. etc.


Second time ( or more ) that Vic's was mentioned - where is it ?

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 07:07 AM

Vic's is on Oak Avenue Pkwy across from the entrance to American River Canyon North.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 02:44 PM

Thanks Living Legend for the good work.

I wish we had other options too. I like my CRV money as treat. Like a kid doing their chores, most of the time I don't get enough for lunch!
Does anyone know about the cap v.s. no-cap issue?





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