The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities for the 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 2021-22 to eligible cities and counties specifically for beverage container recycling and litter cleanup activities.



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


  • 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.
  • Supporting AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling requirements. For additional information on MCR and definitions of “businesses” and “multi-family residential dwellings” as they relate to this regulation, see Mandatory Commercial Recycling
    • 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 include a beverage container recycling component.


  • $10,500,000 available for fiscal year (FY) 2021–22.
  • Cities are eligible to receive a minimum of $5,000 and counties are eligible to revive a minimum of $10,000 per award.
  • 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, 2021 (Department of Finance E-1 Population Estimates for cities, Counties and the State with Annual Percentage Change – January 1, 2020 and 2021. Sacramento. California, May 2021.)

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