California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

In Focus

  • Climate Change

    Addressing climate change is an integral part of CalRecycle's overall mission to care for the environment.

    Applications for CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Organics Grant Program, which was authorized in the recently signed 2014/15 budget, were due July 1, 2014. This program is a key component in CalRecycle’s efforts to meet AB 341’s 75 percent recycling goal and the ARB’s AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction goals, through the establishment of organics management facilities within the state. CalRecycle received over 50 applications requesting over $118 million. The amount of funding available for this competitive program for Fiscal Year 2014/15 is $15 million. The applications will be evaluated for eligibility and then scored over the next several months. CalRecycle anticipates awarding grants in September/October of 2014.

  • Beverage Container Recycling: Operator Training

    Precertification training is being offered by CalRecycle to provide opportunities for new and renewing certification applicants to meet the certification training/testing requirement signed into law last year and now in effect. Preregister for training.

  • California's 75 Percent Initiative

    California’s new goal--recycle 75 percent of our solid waste by 2020. Join us!

  • Beverage Container Recycling: Daily Load Limits

    To help prevent fraud, as of January 1, 2014, the daily per-pound limits on California Redemption Value beverage containers redeemable at certified recycling centers have been reduced. Informational flier available in English and Spanish.

    Beverage Container Recycling Program Reform

  • Beverage Container Recycling: Sales Analysis

    CalRecycle analyzed beverage sales data to identify underpayments of California Redemption Value by distributors selling their goods in California. The analysis found the vast majority of CRV owed to the Beverage Container Recycling Fund is being paid as required. The results of the analysis have been published in a new report.

  • Mandatory Commercial Recycling

    Keeping commercial waste out of landfills helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New effort under way to divert an additional 2-3 million tons each year by 2020 and beyond.

  • Beverage Container Recycling: CRV Materials Only

    To safeguard the Beverage Container Recycling Fund, as of November 1, 2013, recycling centers may only pay CRV refunds for beverage containers that are CRV-eligible. Informational flier available in English and Spanish.