California jurisdictions, bookmark this site! It's your gateway to assistance with all aspects of integrated waste management. These links connect you to information on achieving the goals of the Integrated Waste Management Act, from analyzing your waste stream and planning your approach, to implementing the programs that will help you reach the goal, to tracking and reporting your disposal amounts. Definitions to many subjects and words are displayed as green links to the site glossary.

The Local Assistance Contacts help local governments meet their planning and diversion mandates of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, and serves as a liaison between local governments and CalRecycle and its program areas. Staff provide input for the development of CalRecycle policies concerning local planning and implementation issues. Use the Need help section of the website or contact the Local Assistance Contacts if you have additional questions about the information in this site.

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  • General Plan Guidelines Update. In August 2017, the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) completed the first comprehensive update to the General Plan Guidelines (GPG) since 2003. One of the major changes includes an expanded section addressing the need for additional recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting, and remanufacturing facilities in the land use element. Additional information is on the OPR General Plan Guidelines website. OPR will conduct workshops around the state throughout 2018 to engage communities on the new GPG. Stay informed about these meetings and other GPG-related information by signing up for the GPG email list.
  • ILG Public Engagement Framework. The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has developed a new framework any local government can use to plan and execute public engagement efforts. The TIERS Public Engagement Framework supports local officials and staff as they look to use deliberative planning to execute better public engagement activities.
  • California’s 2016 Recycling Rate is 44 percent.
  • Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool. Created by the U.S. EPA, features 100 strategies local governments can employ to reduce waste and recover materials on a path towards zero waste. The strategies span across waste generating sectors and capture opportunities to adopt or expand policies, programs, requirements, incentives, facilities development, and outreach initiatives.

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