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  • For E-Waste, Times are Changin’
    California’s first-in-the-nation electronics recycling program has kept more than 2.2 billion pounds of e-waste, and the potentially hazardous materials within, out of the state’s landfills. But as the nature of e-waste changes, the program will need to adapt to new technologies and devices entering the recycling stream.
  • SB 1383 Implementation
    In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383, establishing targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in disposed organic waste by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. Learn more on our Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) webpage and join our SLCP Listserv.
  • AB 901: A New Recycling and Disposal Reporting System
    In order to more reliably measure progress and compliance with recycling requirements, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 901, the Recycling and Disposal Reporting System. CalRecycle is leading implementation of the new system, which will allow state and local agencies to more effectively track discarded materials, respond to market shifts, and target policies and resources to increase recycling and job creation.
  • What Is National Sword?
    In July 2017, China announced a policy called National Sword, which limits the import of contaminated recyclable materials. These changes in China’s policies may have significant impacts on California’s economy and environment, as China has been the top recipient of California’s exported recyclable materials. Learn more about what steps CalRecycle, jurisdictions, and enforcement agencies are taking in response.
  • California Climate Investments
    California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment--particularly in disadvantaged communities. See our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs web 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!