California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

2016 Processing Payments

December 15, 2015
NOTICE
To: All Interested Parties
Subject: 2016 Processing Payments

Section 14575 of the Public Resources Code (PRC) requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to establish a processing payment for any beverage container type that has a scrap value less than the cost of recycling.

CalRecycle makes processing payments to processors. Processors pay recyclers the entire processing payment. This notice announces the 2016 processing payments.

Pursuant to PRC Section 14575, the calculation of the 2016 processing payments is based on the difference between the scrap values offered to recyclers and the sum of the actual costs of recycling for certified recycling centers, excluding centers receiving handling fees, plus a reasonable financial return. In addition, a cost of living adjustment is applied to the 2016 calculations.

Scrap values are based on the average scrap values paid to recyclers for the period between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015.

The processing payments shown below become effective January 1, 2016.

2016 Processing Payments per Pound Redeemed
(effective January 1, 2016)
Material Processing Payments
Glass $0.05054
Plastic: #1 PET Plastic (Polyethylene Terephthalate) $0.08298
Plastic: #2 HDPE Plastic (High Density Polyethylene) $0.09151
Plastic: #3 PVC Plastic (Polyvinyl Chloride) $0.42262
Plastic: #4 LDPE Plastic (Low Density Polyethylene) $0.58982
Plastic: #5 PP Plastic (Polypropylene) $0.53219
Plastic: #6 PS Plastic (Polystyrene) $0.28138
Plastic: #7 Other Plastic $0.35312
Bimetal $0.31202

Table 1, attached, shows the following detailed information for glass, plastic, and bimetal beverage containers:

  • The cost of recycling
  • The scrap value paid to recyclers
  • The processing payment (if any)

To review notices of changes impacting participants in the beverage container recycling program, please visit CalRecycle’s Beverage Container Recycling Program website or call the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery at (916) 323-3836.

For further information on the determination of processing payments, please contact Mr. Hieu Le, Recycling Operations Branch, Division of Recycling, at (916) 323-5778.

Scott Smithline
Director

Attachment: Table I
2016 Processing Payments  (Glass, Bimetal and Plastic)
Effective January 1, 2016
  Glass PET
Plastic
HDPE
Plastic
Vinyl
Plastic
LDPE
Plastic
PP
Plastic
PS
Plastic
Other
Plastic
Bimetal
Cost of Recycling per Ton with Reasonable Financial Return & COLA $99.97 $439.41 $537.52 $845.55 $1,206.25 $1,082.16 $670.31 $734.43 $677.40
Scrap Value per Ton -$1.10 $273.45 $354.51 $0.31 $26.61 $17.78 $107.55 $28.20 $53.37
Processing Payments to Recyclers
  Glass PET
Plastic
HDPE
Plastic
Vinyl
Plastic
LDPE
Plastic
PP
Plastic
PS
Plastic
Other
Plastic
Bimetal
Processing Payment Per Ton Redeemed $101.07 $165.96 $183.01 $845.24 $1,179.64 $1,064.38 $562.76 $706.23 $624.03
Processing Payment Per Pound Redeemed
(To be used on DR6)
$0.05054 $0.08298 $0.09151 $0.42262 $0.58982 $0.53219 $0.28138 $0.35312 $0.31202
Last updated: December 15, 2015
Beverage Container Recycling, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Contacts.htm