The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 is now closed.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a payment program to provide opportunities for beverage container recycling and litter cleanup activities. Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 14581(a)(3)(A) of the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, CalRecycle is distributing $10,500,000 in fiscal year 2018–19 to eligible cities and counties specifically for beverage container recycling and litter cleanup activities.

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 beverage containers - aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal. Projects implemented by cities and counties will assist in reaching and maintaining this goal.


FY 2018-19 Awards | Approval of Awards, March 13, 2019



Eligible applicants include cities, counties, or cities and counties in California, as identified by the California Department of Finance, unless otherwise determined by CalRecycle.


Eligible activities include:

  • 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 or counties, or both.
  • Other beverage container recycling programs.
  • 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.


  • $10,500,000 is available for fiscal year 2018–19, subject to funding availability.
  • Cities are eligible to receive a minimum of $5,000 and counties are eligible to receive a minimum of $10,000.

The calculation is based upon the population in the incorporated areas of a city, or a city and county, or the unincorporated area of a county as of January 1, 2018. (Department of Finance E 1 Population Estimates for Cities, Counties and the State with Annual Percent Change - January 1, 2017 and 2018. Sacramento, California, May 2018.)

Timeline and Cycle Details
DatesActivity and Details
September 17, 2018Funding Request Open Date and Access
  • First time users of the Beverage Container Recycling City/County Annual Payment and Reporting System (CAPRS) must contact the CalRecycle Regional Representative and request access to CAPRS. After the request is received and approved, a WebPass invitation will be sent along with an email granting access to CAPRS.
  • Returning users can immediately log into CAPRS.
  • If you are unable to access CAPRS, email or call 916-322-0613.
December 17, 2018Funding Request Due Date
February 2019

Payment Awards and Beginning of Term (Request for Approval Date)

  • Program expenditures may start no earlier than the date of the award.
March-April 2019 Payments Distributed
March 1, 2021Term End Date
April 1, 2021Reporting Due Date

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