Fiona Ma for State Assembly

Calif. law aims to halt recyclcing thefts

The California Senate has approved legislation that would help police track down people who raid recycling bins or steal newspapers from newsstands.

The measure by Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma would require recyclers to collect identification from people who bring in more than $100 in recyclable bottles and cans or more than $50 worth of newspapers.

They would also be paid by check instead of cash.

The San Francisco assemblywoman says the bill is aimed at stopping people from making late-night raids on curbside recycling bins and stealing newspapers.

A 21-16 vote Friday sent the bill to the Assembly for a vote on Senate amendments.