Months of intense investigation of New Jersey plastic recycling centers resulted in significant arrests and both state and federal charges. Led by the baking industry COMBAT (Control of Missing Baskets and Trays) group and joined by the United States Postal Service and the FBI, a major plastic recycling operation with facilities across the Mid-Atlantic region was targeted. The value of bakery trays, milk crates, pharmacy and postal tubs recycled at two New Jersey facilities exceeded $2.5 million. Over $100,000 worth of plastic was recovered by local law enforcement. ABA has been assisting the COMBAT group in its efforts by bringing together the dairy and soft drink industries and the Postal Service to fight the theft of plastic containers.