California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Packaging Materials Management

Workshops and Events

This page contains all workshops and events related to CalRecycle's packaging reform stakeholder process.

  • CalRecycle Packaging Reform Workshop, October 10, 2017. This workshop was a continuation of CalRecycle’s Packaging Reform policy model development process, building upon the policies discussed at the March 22, 2017 Packaging Reform Workshop. Given that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy solution for all packaging, the Department evaluated which mandatory policy models and instruments might be best suited to increasing collection and recovery of specific packaging types. CalRecycle staff presented a background paper to help guide the discussion and solicit stakeholder feedback.
  • CalRecycle Packaging Reform Workshop, March 22, 2017. This workshop began CalRecycle’s Packaging Reform policy model development process as approved by Director Smithline at CalRecycle’s September 20, 2016 public meeting. The purpose of this workshop was to generate discussion and gather stakeholder ideas to contribute to the development of a comprehensive statewide policy model to manage packaging materials under a mandatory system.
  • CalRecycle Monthly Public Meeting, September 20, 2016. Staff presented a summary of the Manufacturers Challenge and potential next steps for public comment and Director Smithline’s consideration at the September 20, 2016 regularly-scheduled monthly public meeting.  Director Smithline approved the staff recommendation to: 1) proceed with development of a comprehensive, statewide, mandatory packaging policy model guided by an extensive stakeholder engagement process through 2017; and 2) explore two potential, complementary, individual efforts.
  • CalRecycle’s Manufacturers Challenge Workshop, January 5, 2016. In response to industry’s call for CalRecycle to focus on voluntary industry action to increase packaging recovery in California following the November 2014 policy discussion, CalRecycle’s Manufacturers Challenge sets a voluntary goal of 50 percent reduction in packaging landfilled in California by 2020. Product industry associations and trade groups were asked to come share what industry-wide actions they consider necessary to achieve this goal and what specific activities their members will undertake.
  • CalRecycle Packaging Workshop, November 13, 2014. CalRecycle solicited stakeholder feedback on potential policy approaches to increase the source reduction, collection, and recycling of packaging as part of the department’s 75 percent Initiative. A follow-up to the December 12, 2013 CalRecycle Packaging Workshop, CalRecycle staff presented a background paper (Increasing collection and recovery of packaging in California) that helped guide highly interactive small and large group stakeholder discussions and report-outs on a proposed definition and scope of packaging and policy approaches.
  • CalRecycle Packaging Workshop: A Conversation about Packaging: Opportunities and Challenges, December 12, 2013. CalRecycle held a public workshop to explore the role of packaging recovery in meeting California’s statewide goal of 75 percent source reduction, recycling, and composting by 2020. The focus of this workshop was to use the group’s collective knowledge and expertise to share ideas about opportunities and challenges when discussing this immense category of materials. Expert panelists representing a variety of sectors shared perspectives on the issues, ideas on how they could be addressed, and potential policy approaches moving forward in a highly interactive setting.
  • CalRecycle Bioplastics Workshop: Understanding Packaging Innovations and Materials Management in California, December 11, 2013. New materials and packaging continue to be introduced into the California marketplace, with significant implications for the state’s resource recovery infrastructure. CalRecycle staff presented findings from several research contracts focused on bioplastics and discussed management of plastic packaging at end of life to help meet California’s statewide goal of 75 percent source reduction, recycling, and composting by 2020.
Last updated: October 17, 2017
Packaging Waste Reduction, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Packaging/
Contact: packaging@calrecycle.ca.gov, (916) 341-6449