The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2013/14 is now closed.

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 in fiscal year 2013/14 to eligible cities and counties specifically for beverage container recycling and litter cleanup activities.


FY 2013/14 Awards | Approval of Awards, May 8, 2014

Purpose of the Program

The goal of CalRecycle’s beverage container recycling 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.


Incorporated cities and counties in California, as identified by the California Department of Finance, are eligible to receive funding under this program. Cities and counties must submit their funding request by the deadline in order to receive the funding.


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. The per capita calculation is based upon the population as of January 1, 2013, 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.

Activities and Costs

Pursuant to Section 14581(a)(4)(C) of the Public Resources Code, these funds shall not be used for activities unrelated to beverage container recycling or litter abatement. 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.

Eligible activities include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Supporting AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling requirements.
    • 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.

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.

Recordkeeping and Reporting

Each eligible recipient must maintain documentation for a minimum of three years from the date of project completion. Cities and counties will be randomly chosen to submit a report of expenditures; therefore, all entities should be prepared to report how fiscal year 2013/14 City/County Payment Program funds were spent. Jurisdictions chosen to submit a report will be notified by email.

Timeline and Cycle Details for FY 2013/14

DatesCycle Details
November 25, 2013Funding 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 Regional Recycling Representative 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 6, 2014Funding Request Due Date
June 30, 2014
Payments Distributed

CalRecycle approves distribution of payments to cities and counties.