California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Beverage Container Recycling

Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates

May 8, 2015


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 from the end of that period. Enclosed, please find the Biannual Report of Redemption and Recycling Rates for the second half of 2014 and the full calendar year 2014.

CalRecycle is pleased to report that the overall recycling rate for calendar year 2014 was 80 percent. The recycling rate for the first half of 2014 was 84 percent. The second half calendar year recycling rate was lower than the first half at 78 percent, which is consistent with the trend observed over the life of the recycling program.

As of November 1, 2013, changes in law sponsored by CalRecycle requires that recycling centers pay consumers segregated rates for loads of material inspected and confirmed as containing only CRV beverage containers. In addition, as of January 2014 CalRecycle promulgated new regulations lowering consumer load limits and requiring detailed reporting by persons importing beverage containers into California.

These regulations enhance CalRecycle’s anti-fraud enforcement efforts and appear to have impacted the recycling rate by decreasing it. This is the first significant decline seen in the recycling rate since January 2000 with the inclusion of plastics #2 - #7 into the recycling program.

During 2014, Californians recycled more than 17.7 billion beverage containers. California continues to lead the nation in total quantity of bottles and cans recycled.

If you have any questions about this report, please contact Jose Ortiz, Deputy Director, at (916) 323-4248.


Caroll Mortensen

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Last updated: May 8, 2015
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