Recycler's checkered past is weaponized in plastics fight

SAN FRANCISCO — A fight over cleaning up the environment is getting dirty.

Plastics companies trying to fend off a California ballot initiative to boost recycling are bringing up its ties to a San Francisco waste hauler that pleaded guilty last year to bribing city officials.

The company in question, employee-owned Recology, is a pioneer in recycling and composting technology. Its curbside food-scrap service helped inspire a statewide composting law aimed at reducing methane emissions. All of

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