California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Beverage Container Recycling

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

May 9, 2014


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 2013 and the full calendar year 2013.

CalRecycle is pleased to report that the overall recycling rate for calendar year 2013 was 85 percent. The recycling rate for the first half of 2013 was 93 percent. The second half calendar year recycling rate was lower than the first half at 79 percent, which is consistent with the trend observed over the life of the recycling program.

However, during the 2013 calendar year, there was a significant increase in the return of #2 HDPE plastic containers, which greatly increased the recycling rate to 108 percent from 91 percent the previous year. 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. Although only two months of data are available, it appears that the change in law is reducing the recycling rates during the months of November and December for glass, #1 PET plastic and #2 HDPE plastic 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 are expected to impact the recycling rate for all material types. The adjusted recycling rates will be reflected in the next biannual report published in November 2014.

During 2013, Californians recycled more than 18.2 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 9, 2014
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