The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 is now closed.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities for beverage container recycling. The goal of this program is to reach and maintain an 80 percent recycling rate for all California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers - aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal. Projects implemented by cities and counties will assist in reaching and maintaining this goal.

Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 14581(a)(4)(A) of the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is distributing $10,500,000 to eligible cities and counties specifically for beverage container recycling and litter cleanup activities.


FY 2012/13 Awards | Approval of Awards, May 14, 2013



Incorporated cities and counties in California, as identified by the California Department of Finance, are eligible to receive funding under this program, unless otherwise determined by the Department.


Eligible activities include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Supporting AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) requirements. (For additional information on MCR and definitions of “businesses” and “multi-family residential dwellings” as they relate to this regulation, see the Mandatory Commercial Recycling page).
    • Infrastructure for businesses to recycle beverage containers.
    • Support for new or existing beverage container recycling programs for multi-family residential dwellings.
    • Public education and outreach (that includes a beverage container recycling component).

Other activities include:

  • Supporting new or existing curbside recycling programs.
  • Neighborhood drop-off recycling programs.
  • Public education promoting beverage container recycling.
  • Litter prevention and cleanup where the waste stream includes beverage containers that will be recycled.
  • Cooperative regional efforts among two or more cities and counties.
  • Other beverage container recycling programs.

Approved activities are listed in the “Activities” tab, by category, on the Funding Request. An “other” box is provided to allow additional activities to be listed. These are subject to approval by CalRecycle. In accordance with the governor’s directive, promotional items are ineligible expenses under CalRecycle grant/direct payment programs. More information on this directive can be found on our Promotional Items page.


Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 14581(a)(4)(A) provides a maximum of $10.5 million per fiscal year for this program. The per capita amount is calculated, based upon the population as of January 1, 2012, in the incorporated areas of a city, city and county, or the unincorporated area of a county, as stated in the annual City and County Population and Housing Estimates report submitted to the governor by the California Department of Finance.

  • Each city is eligible to receive a minimum of $5,000 or an amount calculated by CalRecycle, on a per capita basis, whichever is greater.
  • Each county is eligible to receive a minimum of $10,000 or an amount calculated by CalRecycle, on a per capita basis, whichever is greater.

Timeline and Cycle Details for FY 2012/13

DatesCycle Details
November 30, 2012Funding Request Open Date and Access Information

First time users of the City/County Annual Payment and Reporting System (CAPRS) system must:

  1. Obtain a CalRecycle WebPass. Note: Those who previously obtained a WebPass for a CalRecycle system (i.e., GMSWeb, LoGIC, E-Waste, etc.) do not need to obtain a new WebPass.
  2. Access cannot be granted unless the applicant is designated as a contact in CAPRS. Request access to the system by sending an email to the assigned Grant Manager after obtaining their WebPass. If you are unable to access the CAPRS system, you may send an email to or call 916-322-0613.

Returning users can immediately log in to CAPRS.

March 4, 2013Funding Request Due Date
April 30, 2013Payments Distributed

CalRecycle makes payments to cities and counties.