A state audit has found that the cost of the state's recycling program for beverage containers has exceeded its revenue by over $100 million in three of the last four fiscal years.
The audit released Thursday reviewed the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's administration of the Beverage Container Recycle Program, which is meant to encourage and increase consumer recycling.
The audit found that in the last four fiscal years, the beverage program has been operating under an annual deficit. In the last fiscal year, costs exceeded revenue by nearly $29 million--an improvement over the three years before.
“Immediate action is needed to ensure...