California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

2012 Beverage Container Recycling Program Reform Workshops

As of 2012, the Beverage Container Recycling Program (BCRP) was operating under an approximately $100 million annual structural deficit as a result of the combination of historically high recycling rates, mandated program payments, and general fund loans. The structural deficit means that program expenditures exceed program revenues under the current mandated expenditure and revenue structure. Potential program reforms are required to address the structural deficit of the Recycling Fund and ensure the integrity and long-term viability of the BCRP.

This page chronicles CalRecycle’s 2012 efforts to achieve those reforms.

Your Feedback

CalRecycle conducted public meetings and workshops (see below) and accepted written comments to gather feedback. The completed survey forms making up the 167 sets of written comments are available in the following three files: Public Comments: Part 1 | Public Comments: Part 2 | Public Comments: Part 3

Program Reform Workshops

CalRecycle held two public meetings on July 10, 2012, and Aug. 21, 2012, to present the rationale for pursuing structural reform and to introduce a framework for presenting and carefully reviewing all of your comments. In order to kick-start the dialogue, a variety of ideas were provided to address potential structural reform and ensure program integrity.

For the next step, CalRecycle conducted a series of focus group workshops concerning the potential structural reform of the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Program, and carefully reviewed comments. All materials for past and the upcoming workshops are listed below in reverse chronological order.

Specific ideas discussed at each focus group workshop can be found on the Idea Master List.

Each workshop was designed to facilitate discussion and dialog between CalRecycle and workshop attendees. The meeting agenda progressed from one session to the next. The discussion of the same ideas was generally not repeated in subsequent sessions. More information about the general format of all of the focus group workshops can be found in the Standard Agenda.

Last updated: September 18, 2012
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