California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Facility Information Toolbox (FacIT)

Data/Model Limitations

This page discusses the completeness and accuracy of the inventory entries, data values and estimates used in FacIT. The initial FacIT inventory was developed through a search of publicly available data sources, advice from industry experts, and professional estimates. Facility operators were then asked to review and correct their data.

The Purpose of FacIT

The purpose of FacIT is to provide generalized information to assist local, regional and state government planning efforts.

  • FacIT yields high-level information that is not suited for supporting detailed development or financial decisions.
  • FacIT results should always be cross checked with local sources and other experts or further investigated before use.
  • While the FacIT project goal is to provide as complete and accurate a database as possible, some inconsistencies and data gaps will occur.

Inventory Quality

In FacIT, facility operator participation in and maintenance of their data is voluntary; the inventory cannot be more accurate than the sources.

Some classes of facilities/material suppliers such as brokers, retailers, distributors and mobile operations are not included by design.

Material reuse facilities such as thrift store reprocessing centers or product refurbishers/rebuilders are also not in the inventory.

Due to the recent economic recession and continued unsettled market conditions, some facilities may no longer be operating or have changed operations; changes may be occurring faster than the FacIT annual inventory update cycle.

Not all recyclables collection facilities are included; only those that are permitted by CalRecycle and participate in a development program or receive grants.  Some materials such as electronic waste collection sites and beverage container redemption facilities are listed in separate CalRecycle databases and are not yet included in FacIT.

Facilities, activities and materials are grouped into generic categories; not all materials are accepted/processed at all times.

Data Quality

While all facility operators are invited to view and verify their data, not all participate; so data quality may vary.

Where actual data was not supplied or could not be found from an independent source, industry averages or expert opinion was substituted.

Due to confidentiality concerns, throughputs and capacities are reported on the webpage in ranges, not absolute numbers.

All material amounts except used oil were converted to Tons-Per-Year using CalRecycle conversion factors. Compression factors were used in converting cubic yards to tons for landfilled wastes. In reality, the average densities may vary. See the FacIT Conversion Factor Tables below for more detail.

  • Conversion Table 1 (Adobe PDF, 140KB) presents the estimates of equivalency of material types in differing units— for example, one liter of used oil is approximately .26 gallons.
  • Conversion Table 2 (Adobe PDF, 177KB) presents the estimated density in tons per cubic yard for various material types as used in the waste projection and capacity model calculations.

Data is updated annually or as facilities choose to participate, so data may lag changes in the marketplace.

Terms like throughput and capacity may be defined differently than in common industry usage. See the Glossary for definitions of technical terms.

Model Estimate and Projection Quality

The FacIT model is a one-time effort to explore relationships between facilities.  While inventory data and projection factors will be updated periodically, the relationship algorithms will not be changed, so model precision will decrease over time.

The recent economic recession resulted in abrupt shifts in quantities and markets, complicating data trend analysis and predictions.

The cost of materials transportation was not used as a factor in limiting how materials flows; excess materials were assumed to flow first to nearby counties and then within their FacIT region.

Past flows of transporting materials, such as import and export for waste or recyclables across county lines, were assumed to continue into the future.

For More Information

Have questions or seeking additional information on the FacIT data limitations, model or the contractor's final report?  Please send an email to FacIT@calrecycle.ca.gov.

Last updated: February 8, 2013
Facility Information Toolbox (FacIT), http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/FacIT/
Contact: FacIT@calrecycle.ca.gov