California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Grant, Payment, and Loan Programs

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers funding opportunities authorized by legislation to assist public and private entities in the safe and effective management of the waste stream. To learn more about CalRecycle’s role within state government and an overview of CalRecycle and the waste management policies and programs it implements and enforces, please see the Connecting Communities to CalRecycle guidance manual.

To access detailed information about grant, payment, and loan programs currently offered by CalRecycle, use the list below. Applicants can apply online for many of CalRecycle's grant programs by using the Grants Management System (GMS). Applicant must first go to the GMS Information page to obtain appropriate access to GMS, and then may search the GMS for available grants or go to the specific grant's webpage for information about the next offering.

CalRecycle's database may be used to produce grant and payment reports by county, cycle, or fiscal year.

Open Applications


  • Beverage Container Recycling Grants
    Provides funding to assist organizations with establishing convenient beverage container recycling and litter abatement projects, and to encourage market development and expansion activities for beverage container materials.
  • Farm and Ranch Cleanup Grants
    Provides funding to cities, counties, Resource Conservation Districts, and Native American tribes for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property.
    The due dates for the fiscal year 2018-19 applications are August 23, 2018; November 8, 2018; and February 7, 2019
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grants
    Provides grants to promote infrastructure development for recycling manufacturing/composting/anaerobic digestion facilities in California that divert more materials from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grants
    Provides local government funding for programs to expand or initially implement HHW programs such as collection programs, educational programs, and load checking programs, and programs emphasizing waste reduction, source reduction, reuse or recycling of HHW.
  • Local Conservation Corps Grant Program
    Provides opportunities for the Local Conservation Corps to provide recycling services and implement litter abatement projects related to the collection and recovery of beverage containers, used oil, electronic waste, and waste tires.
  • Local Enforcement Agency Grants
    Provides grant funds, based on population and solid waste facilities, to local enforcement agencies (LEA) to assist in their solid waste facilities permit and inspection program.
  • Solid Waste Disposal and Site Cleanup Grants
    This program allows CalRecycle to expend funds directly for cleanup or emergency actions, provide loans to responsible parties who demonstrate the ability to repay state funds, or provide matching grants to local governments to assist in remediation of environmental problems at landfills.
  • Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants
    Several different grants programs are available to local governments for the purpose of diverting tires from landfill disposal by promoting markets of recycled-content products, as well as for enforcement and cleanup.
  • Used Oil Recycling Grants
    Provides assistance to local governments, nonprofit entities, and other parties for activities that encourage appropriate disposal and recycling of used oil.

Payment Programs


  • Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Loans
    Provides direct loans to businesses that use postconsumer or secondary waste materials to manufacture new products, or that undertake projects to reduce the waste resulting from the manufacture of a product.
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loans
    Provides loans to promote in-state development of infrastructure to process California-generated organics and other recyclable materials into new value-added products.

Inactive or Discontinued Grants and Loans

  • Energy Recovery From Tires Grants
    The Energy Recovery From Tires grants targeted facilities with coal-fired combustion systems needing assistance to incorporate or expand the use of tires as a fuel supplement. For fiscal year (FY) 2002/2003, the final year of the grant program, $1 million was allocated for this program.
  • Landfill Closure Loans
    Provided zero interest loans to operators of unlined, older-technology landfills who are interested in early closure of their facilities. No funding for the landfill closure loan program (LCLP) was budgeted for fiscal year 2011/12. Furthermore, via statue, LCLP sunsets as of July 1, 2012.
  • Multifamily Beverage Container Recycling Grant
    In FY 2008/2009, $15 million in grant funds were awarded to establish beverage container recycling collection programs placing source-separated beverage container recycling receptacles in multi-family housing communities in California. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis. Future solicitations will not be released for this program.
  • Pilot Waste Tire Grant Program
    The California Integrated Waste Management Board (Board) receives an annual appropriation from the California Tire Recycling Management Fund to administer the Tire Recycling Act and related legislation. Funds allocated were for grants to LEAs to perform inspection/compliance and surveillance activities at waste tire facilities (WTFs) where LEAs could demonstrate sufficient staff resources, technical expertise, and/or experience with similar projects to carry out the proposed program. The grant program was available FY 1996-97.
  • Playground Safety and Recycling Grants.
    Two grant programs were developed in 2000 to build markets for recycled-content materials and help conserve resources while assisting local agencies in meeting the Department of Health Services' playground design and safety regulations, established to prevent injuries and meet accessibility requirements.
    • Playground Safety and Recycling Act Grants
    • Playground Accessibility and Recycling Grants
  • Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grants
    This grant program authorized the Division of Recycling to expend up to $10 million annually until January 1, 2007 to award grants for recycling market development and expansion activities.
  • Reuse Assistance Grants
    This competitive grant program provided incentives for local public agencies to promote and apply the concept of reuse to their business communities.
  • Sustainable Building Grants
    Provided local government funding for projects that advanced the use of green building design and construction practices in California. Grants are no longer offered.
  • Tire-Derived Product Business Assistance Grants Program
    This program was designed to increase demand for tire-derived products by building the capacity and improving cost efficiencies of tire-derived product businesses. Eligible businesses applied for assistance to (1) evaluate and improve their business plan and operations, (2) enhance marketing efforts, and (3) test and certify new products.
  • Tire Product Commercialization and Applied Technology Grants
    Provided funding to research institutions, businesses, and other enterprises to promote the commercialization of new and existing tire-derived products.
  • Tire Equipment Loan Program
    Provided loans to California tire manufacturers and processors for the purchase of equipment that would be used to produce tire-derived material and products.
Last updated: July 10, 2018
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