Beverage Container Recycling
Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates
November 7, 2016
To: All Interested Parties
Subject: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates
Public Resources Code Section 14551 requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to report biannually on the redemption and recycling rates for each six-month period within 130 days of the end of that period. Enclosed, please find the Biannual Report of Redemption and Recycling Rates for the six-month period of January through June 2016.
The beverage container recycling rate for all materials during the January through June 2016 period is 86 percent. Material specific recycling rates are as follows: Aluminum 96 percent, glass 78 percent, #1 PET 83 percent, #2 HDPE 69 percent, #3 PVC 26 percent, #4 LDPE 2 percent, #5 PP 7 percent, #6 PS 22 percent, #7 Other 8 percent, and Bimetal 10 percent.
The recycling rate is the number of CRV beverage containers redeemed divided by the number of CRV beverage containers sold. Sold container counts are derived from reports received by CalRecycle directly from distributors whereas recycled container counts are derived from the redemption weight (from shipping reports) multiplied by the container per pound rate.
Please note that the recycling and redemption rates in the Biannual Report are calculated based on a two-month lag on containers sold to account for the time between when a beverage is sold and when it is returned. On the other hand, the Quarterly Report on the Status of the Beverage Container Recycling Fund, does not include this two-month lag. The Quarterly report presents a month-to-month calculation, meaning that sold beverage containers in one month are calculated against containers returned that same month. This difference is the primary factor in any difference between the sales and returns numbers in the Biannual Report compared to the numbers in the Quarterly Report.
If you have any questions about this report, please contact me at (916) 323-4248.
Assistant Director for Recycling
Beverage Container Recycling, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/