California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

In Focus

  • Earth Day 2014

    Earth Day is an important time to reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds us and our duty to protect it – and it’s a terrific way to celebrate our commitment in fun events in our own neighborhoods. Check out our Earth Day 2014 page which includes events happening near you. And to learn more about simple, everyday steps you can take to make a difference, take a look at CalRecycle’s “Top 10 Tips to Cut Your Waste Down to Size.”

  • 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.

  • California's 75 Percent Initiative

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

  • 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.

  • 2014-15 Budget Change Proposals

    The Governor's Budget for 2014-15 has been released and, in an effort to provide our stakeholders and other interested parties with important information on the Administration's 2014-15 budget and budget change proposals (BCP), CalRecycle is providing details on the proposals now under consideration by the Legislature. These proposals will be heard in legislative budget subcommittees over the next several months.

  • Climate Change

    Addressing climate change is an integral part of CalRecycle's overall mission to care for the environment.

    The Governor’s Draft Budget for 2014-15 proposes that CalRecycle will oversee a $30 million dollar program to provide grants and loans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by establishing new or expanding existing infrastructure in California to reduce the amount of disposed green material, food, fiber, plastic, and glass.