Public Meetings

June 21, 2022

California is moving toward a circular economy that cuts pollution and creates jobs by turning waste into resources. CalRecycle provided updates on the local implementation of new food rescue and food/yard waste recycling programs under SB 1383. The department also announced progress in the rollout of California’s newest extended producer responsibility program for pharmaceutical and home-generated sharps waste.

As California nears the completion of its 2021 wildfire disaster debris removal program, process upgrades will help the state respond to future wildfire events faster than ever before.

Check out these topics and more at CalRecycle’s June public meeting.

Meeting Recording: YouTube (1:18:11) | Transcript

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California’s new statewide Pharmaceutical and Sharps Program: YouTube (1:50) | Transcript

May 17, 2022

Clean-up from the 2021 wildfire season hit a new milestone with 94% of the more than 1700 properties enrolled in the state debris removal program cleared of debris, ash, and contaminants.

CalRecycle approved 393 awards for jurisdictions totaling over $41.7 million for the first round of SB 1383 Local Assistance Grants. Funding will help reduce landfill methane emissions through local investments in new curbside containers, education and outreach materials, record-keeping subscriptions, refrigerators for food rescue programs, side loaders for collection vehicles, as well as personnel and administrative costs for local implementation of new organics recycling and surplus food recovery programs.

Check out these topics and more at CalRecycle’s May public meeting.

Meeting Recording: YouTube (50:27) | Transcript

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April 19, 2022

Clean-up from the 2021 wildfire season is meeting its final stretch with nearly 90 percent of all properties cleared of debris, ash, and contaminants. 

New funding is now available to support local governments with SB 1383 food waste recycling implementation costs. 

CalRecycle is working to get $270 million dollars in circular economy investments into our communities as quickly as possible. And the program offers $20 million dollars in grants to help build and expand food waste co-digestion projects at existing wastewater treatment plants. 

Check out these topics and more at CalRecycle’s April public meeting. 

Meeting Recording: YouTube (1:14:55) | Transcript

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  • How Co-Digestion Recycles Food Waste and Creates Renewable Energy: YouTube (2:26) | Transcript
  • CalRecycle’s Office of Innovation Helping to Build a Circular Economy in California: YouTube (2:32) | Transcript

March 15, 2022

CalRecycle-managed crews have now cleared debris from 80 percent of the properties enrolled in the state’s 2021 wildfire cleanup program with no out-of-pocket costs for survivors even if they are underinsured or uninsured.

To help achieve California’s waste and climate goals, CalRecycle is working to get $270 million dollars in new circular economy investments into our communities as quickly as possible.

And $9.6 million dollars in funds will boost beverage container recycling and litter reduction in 443 California cities and counties to help meet the state’s 80% beverage container recycling goal.

These topics and more were covered in CalRecycle’s March Public Meeting.

Meeting Recording: YouTube (51:06) | Transcript

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  • CalRecycle’s Year-Round Effort to Clear Wildfire Debris: YouTube (2:01) | Transcript
  • CalRecycle’s Edible Food Recovery Grant Helps to Rescue and Distribute Surplus Food to Californians: YouTube (1:07) | Transcript

February 15, 2022

Statewide requirements for food and yard waste recycling and surplus food recovery took effect on January 1st to help California cut landfill climate emissions. CalRecycle is seeing progress on the rollout of new collection programs. The department announced
$31 million in circular economy funding for 12 compost and anaerobic digestion projects across the state.

And a project in Los Angeles will use about 284,000 waste tires to reduce noise and vibration from the Metro Gold Line Foothill
Extension. These are just a few of the topics discussed during CalRecycle’s February public meeting. 

Meeting Recording: YouTube (53:14) | Transcript

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  • California’s climate fight invests in turning our food waste into clean energy and compost: YouTube (2:40) | Transcript
  • Tire Recycling Program Overview: YouTube (3:02) | Transcript

January 18, 2022

With the implementation of local organics recycling and surplus food recovery programs, California is pioneering new climate action. In 2022, communities began implementing SB 1383; the biggest mandatory residential food waste recycling program in the U.S.

The state’s latest budget invests over $270 million dollars to accelerate the state’s move to a circular economy. That includes dedicated funding for local organics recycling and surplus food recovery infrastructure.

An innovative citywide mobile recycling program is now up and running in San Francisco; making it easier for people to redeem California Redemption Value on their bottles and cans.

Also, California is turning its leftover paint problem into a circular economy solution with a program designed to reuse or recycle excess paint in a safe, environmentally-friendly way.

Meeting Recording: YouTube (1:38:13) | Transcript

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December 21, 2021

Debris is now clear on about half of the properties enrolled in California’s wildfire debris removal program. CalRecycle checked in with two Placer County wildfire survivors on how recovery is going in their community.

With organic waste making up more than half of what California landfills each year, CalRecycle expects the implementation of the state’s new organic waste and food recovery law, SB 1383, to have a significant impact on the state’s recycling rate in the new year.

And California launches the first of several new pharmaceuticals and home-generated sharps waste stewardship programs to provide Californians with access to free, safe, and convenient disposal options for expired, used, or unwanted pharmaceutical and sharps.

Meeting Recording: YouTube (1:28:35) | Transcript

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November 16, 2021

  • Crews are making significant progress in clearing family homes destroyed by the 2021 wildfires; some much earlier than anticipated.
  • In just six weeks, California’s new organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery law takes effect statewide. The recent passage of SB 619 offers a new compliance pathway for jurisdictions that are not prepared to meet the new requirements on January 1.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Comeback Plan includes $270 million dollars to support a circular economy. This includes:
    • $165 million for food and yard waste recycling infrastructure
    • $75 million to raise the demand for recyclables and attract green industry too California with CalRecycle’s new Office of Innovation in Recycling and Remanufacturing
    • $5 million to expand food waste prevention and surplus food recovery projects
    • $5 million to expand Community Composting programs
    • $20 million to upgrade waste-water treatment plants that turn food waste into clean energy or biofuel.

Meeting Recording: YouTube (62:00 ) | Transcript

Videos Played During Meeting

  • Growing Communities by Building California’s Circular Economy : YouTube (2:46 ) | Transcript
  • Edible Food Recovery Grant funds local food rescue projects: YouTube (1:02) | Transcript
  • How California is contributing to a renewable, circular economy: YouTube (4:30) | Transcript

CalRecycle provides live web audio broadcasts of all its public meetings.

October 19, 2021

Taking historic action to fight trash pollution and the climate crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom signed seven new laws to build a more renewable, circular economy in California.

CalRecycle also launched statewide disaster debris recovery operations to help survivors of the 2021 wildfire season recover and rebuild.

The Department also announced new grant funds to support:

  • A beverage container recycling pilot program in Sonoma County.
  • A vibration mitigation project using recycled tires along the Los Angeles Metro Train Line.
  • Six businesses that remanufacture recycled tires into new products.

Meeting recordingYouTube (1:08:41) | Transcript

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September 21, 2021

  • CalRecycle approved 5 local pilot projects to help communities test innovative new methods of CRV redemption.
    • Encouraged by their success, the Legislature and Governor authorized CalRecycle to approve 5 additional pilot projects, and CalRecycle has announced it is accepting applications now.
  • The department also highlighted the recent LA Climate Tour, where CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner visited food rescue and food waste recycling sites in the LA are that are already implementing California’s new climate law.
  • The Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling co-chair Richard Valle announced recommendations on a wide range of issues impacting California’s recycling and waste system.
  • And a video highlighting a compost facility in San Joaquin County helping communities comply with SB 1383 implementation by recycling their organic waste and transforming it into valuable compost.

Meeting RecordingYouTube (1:18:12) | Transcript

Videos Played During Meeting

  • LA Climate Tour: YouTube (2:49)| Transcript
  • Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling Recommendations: YouTube (5:35)| Transcript
  • California communities fight climate change by turning climate causing organics into compost: YouTube (2:56) | Transcript
  • Applications Being Accepted for 5 Additional Beverage Container Recycling Program Pilot Project: YouTube (1:41) | Transcript

August 17, 2021

  • An update on the Beverage Container Recycling Program pilot projects and an announcement that applications are open for California communities who want to pilot new models for bottle and can redemption.
  • A progress report on California’s wildfire debris removal program underway throughout the state.
  • Data from the Biomass Conversion Facility Annual Report.
  • And a highlights from a recent discussion CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner and CalRecycle employees had with members from the Local Conservation Corps about green jobs and efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.

Meeting RecordingYouTube (42:38) | Transcript

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July 20, 2021

  • CalRecycle and all of its partner agencies reached a major milestone in the statewide wildfire debris removal cleanup program.
  • The California state budget allocated funds for five new beverage container recycling pilot projects.
  • And the department announced grant awards to 59 Local Enforcement Agencies to help carry out solid waste facilities permit and inspection programs.

Meeting RecordingYouTube (1:21:47) | Transcript

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June 15, 2021

  • CalRecycle announced 14 grant awards to the Local Conservation Corps which help clean up our communities and reduce waste, as well as help youth from disadvantaged communities gain valuable career development skills.
  • The department also launched new tools and resources to help communities comply with upcoming organic waste recycling and edible food recovery rules.
  • CalRecycle’s enforcement branch announced that the city of Tracy formally has come into compliance with Mandatory Commercial Recycling laws.

Meeting RecordingYouTube (1:12:32) | Transcript

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