California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

California’s Statewide Recycling Rate

In 2011, the Legislature implemented a new approach to the management of solid waste. AB 341 (Chesbro, Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011) established a new statewide goal of 75 percent recycling through source reduction, recycling, and composting by 2020. Several activities that count toward diversion under AB 939 (Sher, Chapter 1095, Statutes of 1989) do not count toward recycling under AB 341, including ADC, AIC, other beneficial reuse at landfills, transformation credit, and waste derived fuel. These five activities are instead defined as “disposal-related activities.” The combination of landfilled disposal and disposal-related tons, as shown in the graph below, equals the total disposal used to calculate California’s 75 percent recycling rate. For more information about California’s recycling rate and a comparison of disposal definitions under AB 939 and AB 341 please see the State of Recycling in California report.

Pounds per resident per day bar chart

Year Landfilled Disposal
(millions of tons)
Disposal-Related
(millions of tons)
Per Resident Disposal
(pounds/resident/day)
2010  30.4 6.6 5.4
2011 29.9 7.2 5.4
2012 29.3 7.3 5.3
2013 30.2 6.8 5.3
2014 31.2 6.6 5.4
2015 33.2 7.2 5.7
2016 35.2 7.5 6.0

This graph shows California’s statewide recycling rate since 2010. An explanation of this measurement system can be found in the presentation, What Does 75 Percent Recycling Mean?

Recycling Rate graph

The same data in the above graph is shown below in a table format.


Year Historic
Recycling Rate
Statewide
Recycling Goal
 2010 49%  
2011 49%  
2012 50%  
2013 50%  
2014 50%  
2015 47%  
2016 44%  
2017    
2018    
2019    
2020   75%

75 Percent Recycling Initiative Homepage

Last updated: August 15, 2017
75 Percent Initiative, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/75Percent/
Bonnie Cornwall, Bonnie.Cornwall@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6424