California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Facility Information Toolbox (FacIT)

Facility Equivalents Table

This page presents the average amount of capacity at various types of facilities. See the Glossary for definitions of technical terms.

If you have used the other FacIT tools to identify a potential future disposal facility capacity shortfall in your chosen planning area, you can use this data to develop a rough estimate of the number of new facilities that would be needed to eliminate capacity shortfalls.

Facility Activity Type Average New Facility
Capacity in Tons per Year
Alternative Energy and Fuels 110,000
Anaerobic Digestion 23,000
Beneficiation 187,000
Biomass-to-Energy 182,100
Chip and Grind 24,000
Compost 37,600
Construction and Demolition/Inerts Processor 176,000
Electronic Waste Processor N/A
Glass Products Manufacturer 52,900
Landfill/Transformation 1,191,000
Materials Recovery Facility 155,000
Metal Refiner or Metal Products Manufacturer 375,000
Metal (Scrap) Processor N/A
Municipal Solid Waste Materials Recovery Facility 1,072,000
Paper and Paperboard Manufacturer 81,900
Paper Stock Processor 111,000
Plastic (Recycled) Products Manufacturer 20,200
Plastic Shred and Grind Processor 9,900
Plastics Reclaimer 18,100
Tire-Derived Fuel 21,200
Tire-Derived Product Manufacturer 2,400
Tire Retreader 1,400
Tire (Waste) Processor 41,500
Used Oil Processor 107,033

These are generalized planning estimates that use rough approximations of average facility capacity. The data are not designed to be accurate or reliable enough for significant policy or financial decisions without additional research. It is only meant to stimulate preliminary planning and discussion of potential future management scenarios among stakeholders.

Last updated: June 9, 2013
Facility Information Toolbox (FacIT), http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/FacIT/
Contact: FacIT@calrecycle.ca.gov