Handling Fees

This page provides information on handling fees: what is a handling fee, what purpose do they serve, and how may a recycler be eligible for handling fee payments?

Handling fees are a subsidy from CalRecycle to convenience zone recyclers and derived from unredeemed containers, not the public trust. Handling fees are designed to subsidize convenience zone-based recyclers to promote a wider geographic dispersal than would be possible if unassisted. A recycler may be eligible for handling fees if the following conditions are met based on PRC 14514.7 and PRC 14525.5.1, including, but not limited to:

  • The recycler is certified and redeems all CRV container types.
  • The recycler is the only recycler in a convenience zone.
  • The convenience zone in which the recycler is located has active status.
  • If the recycler is a for-profit business and operating in an urban area, the recycler must be located on-site, or adjacent to, a beverage dealer. This naturally includes the supermarket that defines the convenience zone.
  • If the recycling center is located in a rural area or is a non-profit business, it can be located anywhere inside the convenience zones.
  • The recycler accurately completes the shipping reports in DORIIS, as required by CalRecycle.
  • The recycling center accurately completes the monthly handling fee applications using the DORIIS portal, as required by CalRecycle.

For a more in-depth description of handling fees and qualification requirements, please read the following information:

For questions regarding Handling Fee Eligibility, please contact Convenience Zone Unit staff at HFSiteEligibility@CalRecycle.ca.gov or (916) 322-2231.

For information on the Handling Fee Payment Process or for questions regarding the status of a Handling Fee Claim, please contact Convenience Zone Unit staff at HFPaymentStatus@CalRecycle.ca.gov or (916) 322-2234.


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