California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Program Descriptions & Responsibilities

Materials Management and Local Assistance Division

The Materials Management and Local Assistance Division's mission is to promote a sustainable future by helping Californians reduce the amount of solid waste generated and going to landfills, recycle and compost generated materials into new products, increase the purchase of these products, and properly manage universal and hazardous wastes that cannot be landfilled. These are all key in CalRecycle’s effort to maintain our historical diversion success and lead the state towards AB 341’s new 75 percent recycling goal and, ultimately, a zero waste future. MMLA’s mission is intimately linked with other environmental and economic policy goals –protecting health, safety, and the environment; adding value and jobs to the California marketplace; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by increasing in-state production of bioenergy/biofuel.

We work on these goals in close collaboration with many stakeholders – other CalRecycle programs, local jurisdictions, state agencies, Recycling Market Development Zones, non-profit organizations, business associations and individual businesses and manufacturers, school districts, and many others -- to identify barriers and opportunities and solve problems. Success depends on our ability to act both locally and regionally, forge links and coalitions with key stakeholders, and use our financial resources and technical expertise to assist our stakeholders.

The Materials Management and Local Assistance Division comprises four branches:

  • Financial Resources Management Branch
  • Local Assistance and Market Development Branch
  • Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch
  • Electronic Waste Branch

The Financial Resources Management Branch (FiRM) advances stakeholder sustainability efforts through grant, payment, and loan programs. The branch provides technical assistance to funding recipients, local jurisdictions and other CalRecycle staff as subject matter experts to develop effective grant, payment, and loan-related programs and materials. The branch develops program criteria, evaluates proposals, makes recommendations, and manages all grants, payments, and loans awarded by CalRecycle. In addition, the branch develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure fiscal integrity and accountability. The branch collaborates with the Local Assistance and Market Development Branch, the Statewide Technical and Analytical Research Branch, and the Waste Permitting, Compliance, and Mitigation Division to develop and manage its programs.

Local Assistance and Market Development Branch (LAMD) staff are CalRecycle's field representatives delivering the department's services and programs locally and regionally to increase proper handling of waste (including beverage containers, household hazardous waste and other special wastes); to promote waste reduction, diversion, recycling manufacturing and procurement of recycled-content products; to develop local and regional markets; and comprehensive recycling communities. LAMD staff are directly responsible for evaluating local jurisdiction and state agency program implementation as part of statutorily-mandated reviews. LAMD staff provide technical assistance and guidance on implementing local and state agency diversion and procurement programs. As field representatives, LAMD staff develop firsthand knowledge of the local solid waste management infrastructure and markets for recovered materials and use this information to assist regions in developing and/or expanding local and regional markets. The branch also focuses on educating, motivating, and providing businesses and manufacturing sectors with technical assistance, either directly or through local governments to expand manufacturing of recycled-content products, and help businesses become more sustainable.

The Statewide Technical & Analytical Research Branch (STAR) provides technical expertise and information to support the department's policy development and program efforts in organics market development, environmentally preferable purchasing, construction and demolition diversion, plastics, and product stewardship. The branch is also responsible for the department’s climate and technical research sections, which evaluate innovative technologies that can convert postrecycled residuals into energy, alternative fuels, and other products, and coordinate the department’s climate change policies and initiatives. STAR staff support local sustainability efforts implemented by the Local Assistance and Market Development Branch and grant, payment, and loan programs implemented by the Financial Resources Management Branch. Staff in this branch are expert consultants to CalRecycle field staff to help local jurisdictions and businesses, which may require on-the-ground assessments of local situations and participation in local projects.

The Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Branch administers all CalRecycle programmatic activities related to the implementation of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act (PRC Sections 42460 et seq). These efforts include: maintaining primary responsibility for the integrity of the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account; calculating industry operational costs and setting recovery and recycling payment rates; overseeing proper functioning of the payment system and disbursing funds to provide for the proper end-of-life management of certain hazardous electronic products; managing participation in the collection and recycling infrastructure and suspending and/or revoking the approval status of noncompliant collectors and recyclers within the payment system; and coordinating with Department of Toxic Substances Control on their responsibilities under the act.

For more information on programs managed by this division, see the following on our website:

Staff Directory for This Division

Last updated: October 31, 2012
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