California’s 75 Percent Initiative: Defining the Future
The Legislature and Governor Brown set an ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020. Instead of focusing primarily on local diversion, the law calls for the state and the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to take a statewide approach to decreasing California’s reliance on landfills. CalRecycle has been tasked by the Legislature to examine how extensions of existing efforts, as well as new strategies, can be combined to reach that policy goal.
Statewide Strategy for Reaching the 75 Percent Goal
To facilitate the development of that statewide strategy, CalRecycle developed a discussion document in May 2012 and held workshops for stakeholder input. The concepts represent a snapshot in time and summarize programs that are currently being implemented, as well as potential new ways to tackle problematic waste streams. Many are familiar because they call for extensions of existing programs. Some involve ongoing cooperative efforts with other agencies, and others require authorizing legislation or regulatory changes.
The draft organized the existing efforts and new ideas into “focus areas.” For each Focus Area, there are links for ongoing staff activities and stakeholder workshops related to particular concepts. Check the list of upcoming workshops below or past workshops.
CalRecycle’s recommendations will be presented as a report to the Legislature in January 2014. The report will reflect strategies already being implemented, as well as any that CalRecycle proposes to reach the statewide goal.
Comments or Questions?
You can reach the CalRecycle team by email at 75Percent@calrecycle.ca.gov.
Workshops and Updates
- June 12, 2013—Electronic Waste (Tentative). Workshop to explore the evolving marketplace for residual cathode ray tube (CRT) glass and potential changes to the Program in light of these circumstances.
- June 18, 2013—Waste Management Sector Plan. Workshop (co-hosted by Air Resources Board and CalRecycle) for stakeholder discussion and input on a draft Waste Management Sector Plan and six technical papers that discuss activities to achieve the 75 percent recycling goal of AB 341 and inform the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (Available June 14, 2013).
- July 2013--Materials Recovery Facilities. Workshop to explore options for materials recovery facility (MRF) performance standards related to mixed waste processing comparable to source separation.
- Sign up for the 75 Percent Initiative listserv for email notification of workshops regarding this initiative.
- Follow CalRecycle activities and workshops on the focus area webpages.
- Provide feedback by submitting this easy-to-use comment form. To make any other comments easily accessible to all, please do not scan your document, but instead attach a Word/Excel/PPT/etc. file to an email, or attach a PDF file that was created by converting the comments to PDF. CalRecycle staff will use comments received to further develop the program concepts; staff will not respond directly to comments received.
- Subscribe to other listservs for updates on specific focus areas.
- Creating New Jobs through Increased Recycling, Processing and Re-Manufacturing (PDF, 1.4 MB). April 16, 2013 presentation reviewed prior state, regional and national studies to forecast future California jobs.
- California’s New Goal: 75 Percent Recycling (PDF, 1.1 MB). May 2012 discussion document of program concepts organized into focus areas. The concept summaries are “in development” and do not encompass all the nuances, variations or details needed to reach the statewide goal.
- What Does 75 Percent Recycling Mean? (PDF, 885 KB). Presentation from May 14 and 21, 2012 workshops.
- The Why and How of Measurement for a 75% Statewide Recycling Goal (PDF, 1.0 MB). Presentation from September 19, 2012 workshop.
AB 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011). Statute that directed CalRecycle to examine existing efforts and propose strategies to reach the 75 percent goal.
Stakeholder comments and letters.