Two more fraudulent plastics recycling operations in Los Angeles County have been shut down, according to Plastics News, with seven individuals including owners arrested, and with three pellet-producing grinders confiscated. About $400,000 worth of plastic products, including intact and ground, were recovered in aggregate from the two locations.
This has resulted from the ongoing efforts of the plastic industrial theft task force of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It is working to deter the theft of plastic trademarked property such as plastic pallets, milk crates, baskets, totes and trays.
Approximately $4.3 million of products and equipment had been recovered by the task force up until the end of February. The program began last September 1 on a one-year trial program, and was allocated $1.5 million funding. So far, efforts to gain corporate funding beyond the trial year have netted only two contributions of $10,000 each but stakeholders remain hopeful that others will step forward.