California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Diversion Study Guide

Benefits of Conducting a Diversion Study

In addition to calculating updated base-year generation tonnage for goal measurement requirements, the diversion study provides the jurisdiction an opportunity to identify the many diversion efforts that take place in the community during a particular year. The information can be used for the following purposes:

  • To identify previously missed diversion sources (e.g., source reduction, recycling).
  • To identify the potential need for new diversion programs.
  • To identify potential sources of manufacturing feedstock for local recycling market development zone businesses.
  • To raise government and community awareness of diversion programs.
  • To serve as a tool to educate the local non-residential sector about potential savings from source reduction.
  • To enlighten the jurisdiction about non-residential diversion activities that are diverting waste and saving money.
  • To identify exemplary model programs for peer matching.
  • To evaluate the progress of individual existing diversion programs and obtain feedback from program participants.
  • To identify needs of the non-residential sector in the community to improve programs, expand programs, and implement new programs.

Next section | Table of contents

Last updated: March 19, 2000
Local Government Library
Local Assistance & Market Development: (916) 341-6199