California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Packaging Materials Management

Program News Box...
  • Please send comments regarding the January 5, 2016 Manufacturers Challenge packaging workshop to by February 12, 2016.
  • Manufacturers Challenge workshop recordings will be posted here soon.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Manufacturers Challenge are now available.

CalRecycle estimates that packaging represents about one quarter of California's total disposal stream, therefore, its reduction and recovery play an important role in helping to achieve the statewide policy goal of not less than 75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020. The department has focused efforts since 2012 by engaging all stakeholders to identify and explore opportunities relative to packaging as one part of a comprehensive set of strategies to reach the statewide 75 percent goal. This site contains information about 75 Percent Initiative packaging-related activities, such as the Manufacturers Challenge.

This site also contains information about packaging-related programs that the department implements, such as the Beverage Container Recycling Program and the Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Program as additional mechanisms to encourage the recovery of these materials.

CalRecycle Packaging-Related Programs

Last updated: January 19, 2016
Packaging Waste Reduction,
Contact: (916) 341-6449