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June 23, 2010

Waste & Recycling News

Calif.'s recycling program gets low marks from auditor

The state auditor of California has released a report looking into how the state´s Beverage Container Recycling Program and Beverage Container Recycling Fund have been run.

The state´s beverage container recycling program is run by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

In a 61-page report sent to the governor and state legislature, state auditor Elaine M. Howle recounts missed opportunities for revenue, lax accounting and auditing practices and ineffective supervision.

"Because of forecasting deficiencies, the department was not always able to reliably project the revenues and expenditures in the beverage fund," Howle wrote in a public letter attached to the report. "Moreover, ineffective supervision and errors hindered the department´s forecasting reliability and more recently resulted in a $151.8 million overstatement of the projected beverage fund balance in the 2009-10 Governor´s Budget."

The full report is available at www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2010-101.pdf

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