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 50 percent of their solid waste
  • Arrange for recycling and organics recycling services consistent with MCR and MORe
  • designate at least one solid waste reduction and recycling coordinator to oversee the implementation of waste management 
    plans and recycling/reuse programs
  • Provide adequate receptacles, signage, education, and staffing to implement the waste and recycling programs
  • Review the adequacy and condition of receptacles for recyclable material and of associated signage, education, and staffing for each covered state agency and large state facility, at least once per year.
  • Submit an annual report, for the prior calendar year, a summary of its compliance with the act 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.