To improve the beverage container recycling rate in California and to encourage programs to achieve sustainable containers, packaging materials or systems, the Department sought innovative, but realistic projects that (1) created market opportunities for new, sustainable products or packaging made from recycled beverage container materials; (2) expanded market-related activities for existing products made from recycled beverage container materials; (3) improved the quality and supply of beverage container material feedstock for use in manufacturing sustainable products or packaging; or 4) created market opportunities for new, sustainable beverage packaging.

Projects that were eligible for funding under the program, as specified in statute, included:

  • Research and development of collecting, sorting, processing, cleaning, or otherwise upgrading the market value of recycled beverage containers.
  • Identification, development, and expansion of markets for recycled beverage containers. Research and development for products manufactured using recycled beverage containers.
  • Research and development to provide high-quality materials that were substantially free of contamination.
  • Payment to California manufacturers who recycle beverage containers that are marked by resin type identification codes “3”, “4”, “5”, “6”, or “7” pursuant to Section 18015 of the Public Resources Code.
  • Solicitation, April 3, 2008
  • Questions and Answers, April 15, 2008
  • Award Notice, Nov. 18, 2008
  • Phase I--Concept Notice, July 1, 2008
  • Sample Terms and Conditions
  • Full Proposal (Completed by applicants whose concepts received a "pass" score in the concept phase.)
  • Market Analysis for Recycled Beverage Container Materials (2009 Update) February 24, 2010