California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

In Focus

  • Waste Characterization Reports

    CalRecycle has recently completed two major waste characterization studies: a Disposal-Facility-Based Study, which analyzes the material disposed in the state’s waste stream; and a Commercial Generator Study, which includes data on materials disposed and recycled from the state’s commercial sector. This information is critical for waste management planning--and for reaching our recycling and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

  • Check Your Number

    We've updated our Check Your Number database. Now you can find the manufacturer-recommended oil change interval for your car, whether it’s from the year 2000 or you’ve driven a 2017 model off the showroom floor. Regardless, you may well be able to go quite a bit more than 3,000 miles without an oil change.

  • Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

    California businesses are required to start recycling their organic waste by April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate each week. By 2016, local jurisdictions must have an organic waste recycling program in place for those businesses. See our Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling page and our Organics Materials Management page for more information.

  • What is Environmental Justice?

    Find out how CalRecycle is working with local communities to help overcome challenging environmental burdens. Web content in English and Spanish, and can be translated to other languages as well!

  • State of Recycling in California

    As California pursues its statewide goal of 75 percent recycling, composting and source reduction, check out where we stand today in recycling and disposal of our discards.

  • California's 75 Percent Initiative

    California’s goal to recycle 75 percent of its solid waste is the subject of a report that outlines key focus areas and strategies to help get us there.