Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • Recycling Roundup: Global Markets, California Materials, Local Solutions

    California is feeling the fallout from a global disruption in markets for recycled scrap materials. Recent import restrictions from China, coupled with a decline in the market value of recyclable commodities, have resulted in significant recycling challenges for the state’s recycling industries and confusion for the public. 

    Each year, California exports about a third of the recyclable material it collects—including about two-thirds of the recyclable material collected from curbside bins. Historically, more than 60 percent of that material—particularly mixed paper and low-grade plastics—went to China for remanufacturing. The loss of Chinese markets is resulting in more stockpiling of materials at California processing and recycling facilities, increased disposal at landfills, and renewed efforts by local jurisdictions to ensure less contamination in residential recycling bins.

    As part of CalRecycle’s commitment to keep Californians informed and to advance statewide discussions on this issue, the department developed this online resource to track market developments, share solutions from communities and businesses throughout the state, and to provide technical assistance and guidance to regulated entities. The website also highlights potential policy reforms to reduce waste in California and manage our own materials rather than exporting them. Check back often—the webpage is updated regularly with new information.


    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Jul 19, 2018

  • CalRecycle Expands Business Incentive Program

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    The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is set to announce the addition of Calaveras County as the state’s 40th Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) at the department’s July 2018 monthly public meeting. The designation expands businesses incentives, including low-interest loans, free marketing, and technical assistance to companies located in the zone that use recycled materials to make new products.

    CalRecycle is also set to announce a $1.5 million RMDZ loan to a Merced County tire recycling business. The loan will allow the company to increase production and recycle 24,000 tons of California waste tires each year to produce crumb rubber for road pavement and repair projects. The expansion is expected to create 20 new jobs.

    Also at the monthly meeting, CalRecycle is scheduled to provide updates on the state’s Beverage Container Recycling Program and the Covered Electronic Waste Program.

    The agenda also includes an update about local compliance with California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling law. The 2011 statute requires California businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week to arrange for recycling services.

    CalRecycle July 2018 Public Meeting
    10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17
    Coastal Hearing Room, CalEPA Building
    1001 I St., Sacramento, CA

    You can find the full agenda for CalRecycle’s May public meeting here. If you can’t make it in person, join us by webcast (the link will go live shortly before the meeting begins).

    Posted on In the Loop on Jul 16, 2018

  • Climate Pollutants Fall Below 1990 Levels for First Time

    “In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal four years early.“

    Here’s the full news release from the California Air Resources Board. Congratulations, California!

    Posted on In the Loop on Jul 12, 2018