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

  • More Jobs, Less Pollution: CalRecycle Awards $24 Million in Grants to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Cap-and-trade dollars boost local economies with 21st Century infrastructure projects


    Media Contact: Lance Klug
    (916) 371-6293 |                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SACRAMENTO—As an integral part of the state’s far-reaching effort to slow and reverse the effects of climate change, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $24 million in grants to help convert more of the state’s organic waste (food, green waste, and wood) into renewable energy and compost.

    “These latest climate investments provide a much-needed boost to California’s organic waste recycling capacity, which the state must roughly double to meet its greenhouse gas reduction and 75 percent recycling goals,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “These infrastructure projects will diversify our local economies—creating durable green jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

    When sent to landfills, organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a short-lived climate pollutant 70 times more potent than carbon dioxide. CalRecycle helps fund construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities in California that recycle organic material into value-added products like compost or renewable energy. 

    CalRecycle’s Organics Grant program  is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving human health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    Of the $24 million allocated to CalRecycle’s Organics Grant program in 2016-17:

    • $12 million was dedicated to digestion projects, which turn organic waste into renewable energy and soil amendments. Maximum award: $4 million
    • $12 million was dedicated to compost operations—$3 million of which was allocated specifically for projects in rural areas. Maximum award: $3 million

    Demand in CalRecycle’s Organics Grant Program well exceeded the $24 million in available funds for 2016-17, with 35 eligible applicants requesting $88.6 million. CalRecycle granted funds to the 10 highest scoring applicants based on criteria of greenhouse gas reductions, the amount of organic material diverted from landfills, benefits to disadvantaged communities, and project readiness.

    Many infrastructure project proposals included funding for food rescue efforts to recover landfill-destined, edible food for Californians in need. Food waste prevention remains the most environmentally beneficial way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While food rescue was not among the scoring criteria for the organics grant, it was a consideration for evaluating benefits to disadvantaged communities.

    FY 2016-17 Organics Grant Program Recipients

    Anaerobic Digestion  Projects:

    County Sanitation Districts  of Los Angeles County

    Los Angeles County


    Equipment upgrades to  complete organic food waste pre-processing and anaerobic digestion system.  Grantee will convert regional food waste into renewable gas for  transportation fuel. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with a local  food rescue entity.

    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    HZIU Kompogas SLO, Inc.

    San Luis Obispo County


    Design, build, and operate  a Kompogas anaerobic digestion facility. Grantee will convert regional  organic waste into renewable electricity and compost. Includes dedicated  funds for partnership with Valley Food Bank.

    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    Rialto Bioenergy Facility,  LLC

    San Bernardino County


    Equipment upgrades to in-vessel  digestion facility to process regional food waste into renewable electricity.  Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Helping Hands Pantry.

    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    Compost Projects:

    City of San Diego

    San Diego County


    Equipment upgrade of  current windrow composting facility to a covered aerated static pile system.  Will enable regional expansion of food waste composting program. Includes  dedicated funds for partnership with Kitchens for Good.

    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    Mid Valley Recycling, LLC

    Fresno County

    Expansion of current  aerated static pile composting system to support new organic waste recycling  programs in the community.


    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? No

    Salinas Valley Solid Waste  Authority

    Monterey County


    Expansion of current  organic chip and grind facility to include a food waste composting operation.  Includes equipment upgrades and dedicated funds for partnership with Food  Bank for Monterey County.

    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    Recology Yuba-Sutter

    Yuba County

    First of three -phase  project to design, build, and operate new covered aerated static pile compost  system to recycle regional green waste.


    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? No

    Rural Compost Projects:

    Napa Recycling & Waste  Services, LLC

    Napa County

    Equipment upgrades to  recover more food waste for grantee’s existing compost operation. Includes  dedicated funds for partnership with Emergency Food Bank of Stockton.


    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    South Lake Refuse Company,  LLC

    Lake County

    Equipment upgrades to  expand existing green waste composting site to include food waste composting.  Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Sacramento Food Bank and Family  Services.


    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? Yes

    West Coast Waste

    Madera County

    Design, build, and operate  new aerated static pile composting system to recycle regional organic waste.  An on-site learning center is also planned.


    • New Jobs? Yes
    • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
    • Food Rescue Component? No

    Total: $24,000,000

    Eligible applicants for CalRecycle’s Organics Grant program include cities, counties, and other local agencies; businesses; California universities and colleges; nonprofit organizations; and qualifying Indian Tribes.

    Learn more about CalRecycle’s new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program, California’s new push to recover edible food for hungry people before it becomes waste, and the state’s latest investments to turn food and other organic waste into renewable energy or increase compost capacity and demand in California.

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Aug 17, 2017

  • Communities Receive $1.6 Million in CalRecycle Grants for Waste Tire Collection Events

    Media Contact: Christina Files
    (916) 341-6176 |

    SACRAMENTO – Money from a state-managed recycling fund will give Californians the opportunity to get rid of their old waste tires free of charge—allowing for the recycling and reuse of those tires rather than landfilling or illegal disposal.

    Every two years, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) awards waste tire amnesty grants to local jurisdictions, which then hold collection events for area residents to drop off old tires free of charge. This year, CalRecycle awarded $1.6 million to 38 cities, counties, and other jurisdictions throughout California.

    “When residents are made aware of an impending amnesty event, they are less likely to dump their tires illegally,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “These grants help local jurisdictions coordinate and prepare for successful events that divert waste tires into recycling programs.”

    The Local Government Waste Tire Amnesty Grant Program is designed to deter illegal dumping and stockpiling of waste tires, which can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Improperly managed waste tires are unsightly, become ideal breeding grounds for rodents and mosquitos, which can contribute to the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus. In 2015, California generated 44.2 million waste tires and 80.9 percent were diverted from disposal. Properly managed waste tires can be recycled into products used for various applications such as road surfacing and erosion control.

    Grant funds can be used to advertise the collection events and to collect and transport the tires. This is one of several CalRecycle programs funded from a recycling fee charged on every new tire sold in California. There is no cost to the state’s General Fund.

    The following is a complete list of jurisdictions that received funding. The maximum award amounts are $40,000 for individual city and county grants and $90,000 for regional grants.

    Applicant and Total Award

    Butte County: $30,000

    City of Ceres: $4,020

    City of Coalinga: $6,908

    City of Elk Grove: $27,094

    City of Fresno: $40,000

    City of Hesperia: $34,420

    City of Lake Elsinore: $32,620

    City of Long Beach: $39,995

    City of Los Angeles: $19,000

    City of Madera: $90,000

    City of Modesto: $25,950

    City of Pomona: $8,530

    City of Reedley: $9,568

    City of Tulare: $7,500

    El Dorado County: $89,812

    Fresno County: $40,000

    Glenn County: $84,000

    Humboldt Waste Management Authority: $88,180

    Imperial Valley  Resource Management Authority: $53,369

    Lake County: $40,000

    Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authority: $34,928

    Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority : $70,000

    Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority: $90,000

    Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District: $28,251

    Regional Waste Management Authority: $27,126

    Riverside County: $37,737

    Rural Counties ESJPA: $90,000

    Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority: $62,832

    San Bernardino County: $40,000

    San Diego County: $39,500

    San Joaquin County: $85,000

    Santa Cruz County: $21,097

    Siskiyou County: $20,000

    Stanislaus County: $53,155

    Tehama County: $44,709

    Town of Apple Valley: $34,615

    Town of Paradise: $30,000

    Yolo County: $40,000

    Total: $1,619,916

    For more information on CalRecycle’s Amnesty Tire Grant program, visit our Tire Grants webpage. For more information on waste tire recycling, visit our Tire Management webpage.

    Check out CalRecycle’s website and the department’s In the Loop blog for raw dataprogram information, and California success stories related to the state’s waste reduction, recycling, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Jun 29, 2017

  • Agents, CHP Thwart Phoenix-Based Recycling Fraud Scheme

    Suspect takes 70-mile detour to avoid California border checkpoint

    Media Contact:
    Mark Oldfield
    (916) 319-9942

    SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is announcing the arrest of a Los Angeles truck driver on charges of felony recycling fraud, attempted grand theft, and conspiracy. The suspect is accused of illegally transporting used beverage containers from Arizona to California with the intent to defraud the California Redemption Value Fund.

    “CalRecycle is staying on the offense with some of the most aggressive recycling-fraud prevention efforts in the nation,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Our enforcement partners will continue to follow every lead, monitor suspected traffickers, and disrupt these criminal organizations before they have a chance to rip off California consumers.”

    On July 19, 2016, California Department of Justice Recycling Fraud Team agents witnessed a blue semi-truck with a white trailer being loaded with used beverage containers in Phoenix, Ariz.  Agents later followed the truck into California, then observed as the driver took a 70-mile detour to avoid the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) checkpoint in Blythe, Calif. Agents stopped the truck with assistance from the California Highway Patrol.

    Julio Bolanos, 40, of Los Angeles stated he was transporting cans from Arizona and did not have a shipment receipt or Imported Material Report, which are legally required to import used beverage containers into California. If Bolanos had gone through the CDFA checkpoint, he would have been required to declare the contents of his load and produce the documentation mentioned above. An examination of the trailer revealed approximately 7,000 pounds of bottles and cans worth an estimated $11,000 in potential California Redemption Value.

    The tractor-trailer was impounded and Bolanos was arrested on charges of felony recycling fraud, attempted grand theft, and conspiracy. He faces six months to three years in prison if convicted.

    At a Glance: CalRecycle’s Fraud Prevention Efforts

    California’s Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act incentivizes recycling through a California Redemption Value (CRV) fee paid by California consumers at the time of purchase and refunded upon return of the empty beverage containers to CalRecycle-certified recycling centers. Because the fee is not paid on beverages purchased outside the state, those containers are not eligible for CRV redemption.

    In addition to CalRecycle’s interagency agreements with CDOJ and CDFA, CalRecycle aggressively combats fraud and illicit payments through enhanced precertification training of recycling center owners; probationary reviews of recycling centers; oversight of certified processors; monitoring and tracking of imported materials; risk assessment of daily claims for reimbursement; daily load limits; application of prepayment controls; and post-payment reviews and investigations.

    Posted on In the Loop by Mark Oldfield on Aug 11, 2016