California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

2010 Processing Payments

December 15, 2009
To: All Interested Parties
Subject: 2010 Processing Payments

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

The Department makes processing payments to processors. Processors pay recyclers the entire processing payment. This notice announces the 2010 processing payments.

Pursuant to PRC Section 14575, the calculation of the 2010 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. Scrap values are based on the average scrap values paid to recyclers for the period between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009.

Due to the inadequacy of monies in the Beverage Container Recycling Fund to make all the payments specified in PRC Sections 14575 and 14581, the Department was required to proportionally reduce by 100 percent all transactions that occur on and after November 1, 2009. The new 2010 processing payments will continue to include the 100 percent proportionate reduction.

The processing payments shown below become effective January 1, 2010.

2010 Processing Payments per Container Sold
Material Processing Payment
Glass $0.03344
#1 PET Plastic (Polyethylene Terephthalate) $0.12472
#2 HDPE Plastic (High Density Polyethylene) $0.10388
#3 PVC Plastic (Polyvinyl Chloride) $0.41731
#4 LDPE Plastic (Low Density Polyethylene) $0.59478
#5 PP Plastic (Polypropylene) $0.53449
#6 PS Plastic (Polystyrene) $0.32514
#7 Other Plastic $0.36220
Bimetal $0.32726

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 the Department’s Beverage Container Recycling Program website at or call the Division of Recycling at (916) 323-3836.

For further information on the determination of processing payments, please contact

Mr. Hieu Le, Operations Branch, Division of Recycling, at (916) 323-1493. If you have any questions concerning processing payment reporting requirements or completion of the DR-6, please contact the Recycler Training and Review Section at (916) 323-3008.

Bridgett Luther


Table I
2010 Processing Payments
Effective January 1, 2010
Glass, Bimetal and Plastic











Cost of Recycling per Ton with Reasonable Financial Return










Scrap Value per Ton










Processing Payments to Recyclers

Processing Payment Per Ton Redeemed










Processing Payment Per Ton Redeemed after 100% Proportional Reduction










Processing Payment Per Pound Redeemed (To be used on DR6)










Last updated: January 1, 2010
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