Waste Diversion for State Agencies and Large State Facilities

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) assists agencies and large facilities in the implementation of waste prevention, reuse, and recycling programs to reduce waste and increase diversion.

State agencies and large state facilities are required to:

  • Divert at least 25 percent of their solid waste from landfills or transformation facilities by Jan. 1, 2002, and to divert at least 50 percent on and after Jan. 1, 2004, through  source reduction, recycling, and composting activities.
  • Designate at least one solid waste reduction and recycling coordinator to oversee the implementation of waste management plans and recycling/reuse programs.
  • Submit an annual report, for the prior calendar year, including disposal amounts and explanation of diversion activities. Reports are due by May 1 of each year.

CalRecycle's role includes:

  • Train, advise, and assist state agency recycling coordinators in meeting solid waste reduction requirements.
  • Analyze data from state agency annual reports.
  • Connect state agencies with local government contacts to improve waste diversion efforts.

For more information, see Laws & Regulations. The current statutes can be found in Public Resources Code Section 42920-42927.