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Message from the President

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Dear ACRI members,

I wanted to give you a quick update regarding ACRI’s effort to help reduce congestion, particularly related to the exporting of materials, at the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  On Tuesday, I along with several ACRI Board members met with the Chief of Staff to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the lack of transparency in the Pier Pass program. The Mayor’s office shared our concerns and indicated the lack of transparency is an issue that is impacting a growing number of stakeholders.

Next week we’ll be meeting with Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the Port of Los Angeles.

In closing, thank you to everyone who recently sent letters to elected officials on this issue.  Your letters had a huge impact.

I will continue to keep you updated as we work to address congestion at our Ports.

Brett Jones

City Fibers

2015 ACRI President

Recycling Leaders Support California’s Latest Fraud Enforcement Efforts

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Recycling Leaders Support California’s Latest Fraud Enforcement Efforts

CalRecycle Efforts to Protect Consumer Deposits Earns Recycling Leaders Support

San Gabriel, Calif., November 2, 2015 – Today the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) contacted the Director of California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to express its appreciation for the department’s latest effort to combat fraud.  Recently CalRecycle enlisted the help of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to help protect California’s Beverage Container Recycling Fund.

“Each year consumers deposit over one billion dollars into a state-regulated fund when they purchase a qualifying beverage. At the end of the day, consumers are trusting their deposits will be protected and available for redemption. The recent law enforcement efforts taken by CalRecycle will go a long way to ensuring those funds are available for their intended purposes and those who are responsible for fraud are held accountable,” said Brett Jones, ACRI President.

CalRecycle recently announced the CHP arrested three truck drivers who were hauling used beverage containers into California with the intent to commit fraud against the state’s beverage container program.  In each instance, the truck was impounded and the suspect was arrested on charges of felony recycling fraud and attempted grand theft.  Only beverage containers that are purchased in California are required to pay the deposit, therefore making them eligible to receive a monetary refund.

“California is just one of several states to collect a deposit on aluminum and other types of recyclable beverage containers. Because so many used cans and bottles can be smuggled into a truck, when those containers make it into the system they can quickly drain the account. We appreciate the latest enforcement efforts by CalRecycle and CHP, and hopefully these arrests and others will send a strong message when it comes to protecting California consumers from fraud,” said Brett Jones.

Since 1987 California consumers have been required to pay a refundable deposit when purchasing certain beverage containers.  Consumers currently are required to pay $.05 for each qualifying container which holds less than 24 ounces, and $.10 for containers that exceeds 24 ounces. Over 18 billion containers are recycled in California each year.

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About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit: www.acrinow.org.

FMC Requests Additional Information from OAKMTOA

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Federal Maritime Commission Requests Additional Information from Oakland MTO Agreement


The Federal Maritime Commission voted unanimously to issue a request for additional information to the parties of the Oakland MTO Agreement, an agreement among five container terminals at the Port of Oakland, concerning an Amendment to the agreement that would authorize an off-peak hours program.


For more information on this matter, please visit: www.fmc.gov/NR15-14/?CategoryID=1


Press Statement

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San Gabriel, Calif., February 23, 2015 – Today, Brett Jones, the President of the Association of California Recycling Industries released the following statement.

“On behalf of the thousands of men and women employed in the recycling industry in California, I want to congratulate and commend the ILWU and PMA on reaching a tentative agreement.  Their agreement is critical to ensuring that our economy can continue to move forward and our state is able keep its commitment to recycling.  We look forward to working with both parties as our world-class ports once again begin meeting the import and export demands of California.”

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About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit: www.acrinow.org.

Port Worker’s Agreement Reached

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Since last summer, ILWU workers have been working without a contract.  On Friday a tentative agreement was announced. ACRI has been engaged in coordinating media to the issue in an effort to encourage those at the negotiating table to reach an agreement.

On March 12, we will be hosting a General Meeting where several Port leaders will be in attendance.  Please visit www.acrinow.org to register for this event.

Below are several points related to the tentative agreement:

  • Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced a tentative agreement
  • The contract agreement is for five (5) years
  • The agreement covers 20,000 workers at all 29 West Coast ports
  • The deal was reached with assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez
  • Details of the agreement are not known at this time
  • Union membership must still ratify the agreement
  • Ratification of the agreement is expected by the ILWU membership
  • Workers began overnight shifts this past weekend
  • It will take several months to clear backlog of shipments at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

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