California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

In the News

  • A First: Drought Tops List of Californians’ Worries (KQED, Oct 22, 2014)
  • Plastics industry spends big to reverse California’s bag ban (Sacramento Bee, Oct 23, 2014)
  • Green is the New Orange--and Black--for Halloween: CalRecycle Offers Tips for an Eek-o Friendly Halloween (CalRecycle, Sep 30, 2014)
  • CalRecycle Issues $1.7 Million in Waste Tire Cleanup Grants (CalRecycle news release, Jun 10, 2014)
  • CalRecycle Offers Tips to Save Water and Reduce Waste in the Garden (CalRecycle news release)

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In Focus

  • Climate Change

    CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Programs are key components of ARB’s AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction goals to lower air emissions that contribute to climate change, as well as the state’s goal to achieve 75 percent recycling by 2020. The grants, authorized in the recently signed 2014/15 state budget, will fund construction of new facilities, expansion of existing facilities, and equipment upgrades that allow for increased throughput of recycled materials and organics. CalRecycle anticipates awarding grants in October/November 2014

  • Beverage Container Recycling: Operator Training

    Precertification training is being offered by CalRecycle to provide opportunities for new and renewing certification applicants to meet the certification training/testing requirement signed into law last year and now in effect. Preregister for training.

  • Top 10 Tips to Cut Your Waste Down to Size

    Want to fast-track your way to being a Super Recycler? Get started with CalRecycle’s “Top 10 Tips to Cut Your Waste Down to Size” (also available in a Spanish-language version).

  • Beverage Container Recycling: Daily Load Limits

    To help prevent fraud, as of January 1, 2014, the daily per-pound limits on California Redemption Value beverage containers redeemable at certified recycling centers have been reduced. Informational flier available in English and Spanish.

    Beverage Container Recycling Program Reform

  • Beverage Container Recycling: Sales Analysis

    CalRecycle analyzed beverage sales data to identify underpayments of California Redemption Value by distributors selling their goods in California. The analysis found the vast majority of CRV owed to the Beverage Container Recycling Fund is being paid as required. The results of the analysis have been published in a new report.

  • Mandatory Commercial Recycling

    Keeping commercial waste out of landfills helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New effort under way to divert an additional 2-3 million tons each year by 2020 and beyond.

  • Beverage Container Recycling: CRV Materials Only

    To safeguard the Beverage Container Recycling Fund, as of November 1, 2013, recycling centers may only pay CRV refunds for beverage containers that are CRV-eligible. Informational flier available in English and Spanish.

  • California's 75 Percent Initiative

    California’s new goal--recycle 75 percent of our solid waste by 2020. Join us!