CalRecycle regulates the sale, collection and recycling of California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers made from aluminum, glass, plastic, and bimetal. Enforcement efforts focus on compliance with the recordkeeping, reporting and operational requirements to protect the Beverage Container Recycling Fund from unsubstantiated, illicit, or fraudulent program payments.

Quarterly and Annual Enforcement Reports

Since 2013, CalRecycle has been reporting on compliance and enforcement activities conducted by its Recycling Program Enforcement Branch and our interagency partners including California Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Attorney General, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Activities reported include, but are not limited to:

  • On-site inspections of recycling centers and dealers.
  • Probationary and investigative reviews of program participants.
  • Monitoring and tracking of imported empty beverage container materials.
  • Processor inspections of recycler loads.
  • Validation of proper cancellation of redeemed empty beverage containers.
  • Referrals to DOJ.
  • Arrests and prosecution of individuals and/or entities engaged in fraudulent activities.

Current Reports

Accusations Filed and Served

Findings resulting from CalRecycle reviews and investigations are the basis for administrative accusations to assess civil penalties, seek restitution, and/or revoke a participant's certification if warranted.

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