Californians have a drinking problem.
Research says they´re downing too many beers without recycling the bottles.
Consumers allow more than one-point-six billion bottles a year to go to landfills instead of recycling them, throwing away 70 dollars in redemption value.
The findings were released today by the California Department of Conservation.
The state rate of recycling bottles has fallen to 52 percent – its lowest level in ten years.
Department spokesman Mark Oldfield says nearly one-half the bottles are emptied at bars and restaurants, and most contain beer.
State officials are working with beer companies and the restaurant industry to show business owners they can make money by recycling.