Plastics thieves operating in plain sight cost firms millions
from Los Angeles Times
Plastic crates and pallets have been disappearing since their invention, in part because they make for cheap makeshift furniture and shelves. But as the price of oil began to rise more than a decade ago, it drove up the cost of plastic, and thefts escalated. The theft is a nationwide problem, but officials say it is particularly acute in Southern California because material can be shipped overseas from the Port of Los Angeles, and the region's recycling infrastructure is well-developed.
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