New recycling company plans to open in Susanville July 9

Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Gary Bridges says one his constituents’ biggest concerns in the lack of a recycling center in Lassen County where residents can recycle CRV cans and bottles.

Good news for all of us with mountains of cans and bottles to recycle — Bridges said he’s been working with an Alturas recycling company that plans to open a facility in Susanville next month.

According to the Blue Water Recycling’s website, “Since 2021, our dedicated staff has been offering safe, convenient recycling services to residents in Modoc County and surrounding areas … CRV materials include any beverage container you pay a deposit on in a store. Per state requirements: We only accept CRV materials purchased in California. We can accept non-California residents CRV if materials were bought in California and (the) total refund is under $50. Refunds over $50 require a California ID. Daily load limits are 100 pounds cans, 100 pounds plastic and 1,000 pounds glass.”

Garrett Ingram, Blue Water Recycling’s owner, said the company has completed its application process with the state and they expect to open July 9, at the old USA Recycling site on Johnstonville Road, but he said the opening may be delayed until later in July due to a grant the company is trying to obtain.

“We’re also working with CalReycle and a company called Tomra to put in innovative new recycling technology, an indoor facility,” Ingram said. “That’s been our dream coming true.”

Ingram expressed some frustration with the state and recycling.

“I don’t understand why the state of California promotes and/or takes money from us, but is so dang difficult to get along with,” Ingram said. “Dealing with trying to get a license — we’re already licensed. Trying to get another one for Lassen County has been absolutely difficult.”

Ingram said he plans to meet with the Lassen County Board of Supervisors next week and try to get some backing from them. He said there are a lot of good people on the board who have “reached out to us and supported us.” He hoped with the supervisor’s backing, it might be easier to navigate the process with the state.

Still, he said working through that process is very frustrating.

“We don’t need the grant to open,” Ingram said, “but the longevity of it (the new innovative technology) is what’s important.”