California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Beverage Container Recycling Grant and Payment Programs

Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grants

Note: This program had a sunset date of January 1, 2012. There are no funds available for the Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program.

Assembly Bill 28 (Chapter 753, Statutes of 2003) created the Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program that authorized the Division of Recycling to expend up to $10 million annually until January 1, 2007 to award grants for recycling market development and expansion activities. Assembly Bill 3056 (Chapter 907, Statutes of 2006) extended the Grant Program to January 1, 2012, and increased the funding up to $20 million annually. (Public Resources Code Section 14581 (a)(11)).

To improve the beverage container recycling rate in California and to encourage programs to achieve sustainable containers, packaging materials or systems, the Department sought innovative, but realistic projects that (1) created market opportunities for new, sustainable products or packaging made from recycled beverage container materials; (2) expanded market-related activities for existing products made from recycled beverage container materials; (3) improved the quality and supply of beverage container material feedstock for use in manufacturing sustainable products or packaging; or 4) created market opportunities for new, sustainable beverage packaging.

Projects that were eligible for funding under the program, as specified in statute, included:

  • Research and development of collecting, sorting, processing, cleaning, or otherwise upgrading the market value of recycled beverage containers.
  • Identification, development, and expansion of markets for recycled beverage containers. Research and development for products manufactured using recycled beverage containers.
  • Research and development to provide high-quality materials that were substantially free of contamination.
  • Payment to California manufacturers who recycle beverage containers that are marked by resin type identification codes “3”, “4”, “5”, “6”, or “7” pursuant to Section 18015 of the Public Resources Code.
  • Solicitation, April 3, 2008 (PDF, 579 KB)
  • Questions and Answers, April 15, 2008 (PDF, 184 KB)
  • Award Notice, Nov. 18, 2008 (PDF, 47 KB)
  • Phase I--Concept Notice, July 1, 2008 (PDF, 97 KB)
  • Sample Terms and Conditions (PDF, 145 KB)
  • Full Proposal (Completed by applicants whose concepts received a "pass" score in the concept phase.)
    • Attachment A--Cover Page, April 3, 2008 (Word, 129 KB)
    • Exhibit 1--Project Budget, April 3, 2008 (Excel, 34 KB)
    • Exhibit 2--Project Schedule, April 3, 2008 (Word, 248 KB)
    • Exhibit 3--Project Estimated Impacts, April 3, 2008 (Word, 59 KB)
    • Exhibit 4--Supporting Documents, April 3, 2008 (Word, 66 KB)
  • Market Analysis for Recycled Beverage Container Materials (2009 Update) February 24, 2010
Last updated: October 22, 2014
Beverage Container Recycling Grants, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Grants/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Contacts.htm