What You Need To Know Today: California's Recycling Problem, LA Protests Against Iranian Government, Plan For Dodger Stadium Aerial Gondola – LAist

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Good morning, L.A. It’s Monday, October 24.  
Today in How To LA: Digging into California’s recycling problem, protesters against the Iranian government filled the streets of downtown LA; plus a proposal for an aerial gondola to Dodger Stadium needs your input. 
California has a recycling problem. Even though our recycling rates have been increasing nationwide, redemption rates have drastically fallen in California, according to Consumer Watchdog. Part of the problem is the loss of redemption sites up and down the state — those are sites where you can get a small refund for turning in glass bottles and cans. Despite the perception that California is an environmentally conscious paradise, we’re sitting on millions of dollars in unclaimed bottle deposit funds and we currently have more landfills than any other state in the nation.
But there is potentially good news, California. 
How To LA podcast host Brian De Los Santos talks to Collins about some big, impactful expansions to the Container Deposit Law, also known as the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
Here are a few changes:
What is the impact of this? 
Well, there’ll be more redemption centers, which means people will find more motivation to recycle the everyday items that they use (remember there is money to be made!). Plus, the state will accept more types of recyclables, which means that these items, like wine bottles, won’t end up in a landfill.
The only thing is, Collins noted, these changes may take a while. Also, Collins said that funds to promote the new changes was not included the bill. So please spread the word!
Listen to the How To LA podcast recycling episode to find out more about the current problems, and get a glimpse into how our recyclables and food waste gets processed in L.A. County. Warning: it does indeed get stinky in this episode. Hold your nose!
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Pssst…before you leave, today Oct. 24 is the last day to register to vote onlineIf you have questions about that process, we’ve got some answers.
Saturday, Oct. 29 is the day that in-person voting begins. Tuesday, Nov. 1 is the deadline to request a new vote-by-mail ballot. Lastly, Tuesday, Nov. 8 is election day and the deadline to return your vote-by-mail ballot.
As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below — just keep reading.

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Wait! One More Thing…The Top Three Tea-Sipping Trends 
THREE – Taylor Swift’s 10th album “Midnights” Breaks Records 
With so many hot contenders, we already know February’s Grammy Awards will be one to watch. Taylor Swift’s latest album “Midnights” has had the largest sales week for any album in six years. It’s also the most-streamed album in a single day in Spotify history AND the top-selling album of 2022 so far. NPR’s Ann Powers wrote about Swift’s softened, expanded sound in a review of her 10th album.
I don’t know what you see on your Twitter Timeline, but everyone has been talking about who will take home Album of the Year!
TWO – Happy Diwali! Learn About This Hindu Holiday. 
Diwali is one of India’s biggest holidays. And now more than ever, it’s becoming easierfor South Asian Americans to celebrate here in the states and…in L.A. My college Neha Shaida wrote about the five-day Hindu Festival of Lightsin a guide on how to celebrate Diwali in L.A. Neha includes places to eat, the best places to buy Indian sweets and a few Diwali celebrations around the county.
ONE – Huge Iran Protest March Downtown  
If you were in downtown L.A. this Saturday, you likely saw thousands of protesters clad in the Iranian flag colors of red, white and red. This was the second of such protests downtown in recent weeks — part of a huge movement of protests happening around the world against the treatment of women in Iran after the arrest and death of Mahsa Amini, 22, last month. She died in the custody of Iran’s morality police and witnesses say she was beaten.To get a sense of how massive the turnout was this weekend, check out these photos.
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