California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

In Focus

  • Climate Change

    Strengthening recycling’s role in the fight against climate change, CalRecycle is supporting projects through its newly established greenhouse gas reduction grants. In all, $19.5 million has been earmarked for construction of new facilities, expansion of existing facilities, and equipment upgrades to process greater amounts of recycled materials. The grants, using proceeds from the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, are awarded based primarily on contributions to the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. The projects are also important in California’s effort to reach its statewide goal of 75 percent recycling, composting, and source reduction by 2020.

  • 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).

  • Boles Fire Cleanup

    On Sept. 15, a wildfire swept through the city of Weed, a rural community of 3,000 in Siskiyou County. CalRecycle provided disaster recovery assistance by leading the cleanup of 134 sites. Approximately 30,000 tons of material were ultimately removed, including 21,000 tons of debris, ash and soil; more than 8,000 tons of concrete; and 485 tons of metal. See our Boles Fire Cleanup page for details as well as our video of the cleanup efforts.

  • Single-use carryout bag ban

    On July 1, 2015, the new statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect. Why not start using your reusable bags now? Bring them with you to the grocery store or any large retail store with a pharmacy. By July, it will be an old habit! Check out our SB 270 FAQs.

  • California's 75 Percent Initiative

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