California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Packaging Materials Management

Program News...
  • The next Packaging Reform Workshop will be held in Sacramento on October 10, 2017. See link for details, including all workshop documents as they become available. 
  • NEW! Be sure to sign up for CalRecycle’s Packaging listserv for updates on CalRecycle's packaging materials management activities to support the statewide goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020.
  • CalRecycle’s 3/22/17 Packaging Reform Workshop materials, including panelist bios, presentation, discussion questions, and summary notes are now  posted.

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 CalRecycle's packaging reform activities.

CalRecycle Packaging Reform: Timeline of Major Activities

CalRecycle Packaging Reform: Timeline of Major Activities

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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 (note that packaging reform activities are separate from the Beverage Container Recycling Program activities) as additional mechanisms to encourage the recovery of these materials.

CalRecycle Packaging-Related Programs

Last updated: August 17, 2017
Packaging Waste Reduction,
Contact:, (916) 341-6449