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

  • CalRecycle Backs Local Businesses to Increase Recycling

    Local Economies Get a Green Boost from State-Local Partnership Program

    Media Contact: Lance Klug
    (916) 341-6293 |

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has approved $3.5 million in new Recycling Market Development Zone loans for businesses to help increase carpet and paper recycling in the state. The local business investments in Los Angeles and Placer counties are expected to create at least 35 new jobs and divert an additional 17,000 tons of carpet and paper from California landfills each year.

    “For the past 25 years, CalRecycle’s RMDZ loan program has been an important tool to help California develop more recycling infrastructure in our state,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Supporting these types of private infrastructure investments help insulate California from global market fluctuations—like we currently see as a result of China’s National Sword policy—while making progress toward achieving the state’s greenhouse gas reduction and 75 percent recycling goals.”

    CalRecycle’s RMDZ program provides loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture their products. Businesses must be located within one of California’s 39 Recycling Market Development Zones. The following RMDZ loan projects are the first to receive funding in 2018:

    Princess Paper, Inc., Los Angeles County: $1.925 million

    to purchase and install new equipment to expand  a recycled paper manufacturing facility in Vernon. The facility produces facial tissue, napkins, bathroom tissue, and similar products from recycled  paper.

    • New diversion estimates: 2,200  tons per year (24 percent increase)
    • New job estimates:  Possible in future as sales increase

    Circular Polymers LLC, Placer County, $2 million to purchase and install new equipment to expand  recycled carpet processing capacity at a facility in Lincoln. The facility  separates waste carpet by fiber type, cuts  or shreds it into smaller sizes, then deconstructs it to produce nylon fiber,  PET plastic, polypropylene, and calcium carbonate residuals. Residuals are  then sold to subsequent manufacturers.

    • New diversion estimates: 14,716  tons per year (91 percent increase)
    • New job estimates: 35

    Both projects support the expansion of California’s organics recycling infrastructure, which the state must roughly double to comply with the organic waste disposal reduction targets mandated by SB 1383(Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016).

    About CalRecycle’s RMDZ Program and Other Benefits for Businesses

    CalRecycle provides financial and technical assistance to help reuse/recycling-based businesses develop and prosper in California; creating more jobs, reducing waste, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

    Since the first RMDZ loans were granted in 1993, the RMDZ program has provided $145 million in financing to more than 200 California businesses to keep valuable material out of landfills and support in-state markets for recyclable material. Collection of outstanding RMDZ loan principal and interest assists to fund new loans.

    To create a new Recycling Market Development Zone, cities, counties, or a coalition of regional governments must:

    • Submit completed materials, including application, CEQA documents, letters of support, and resolutions from the lead and participating agencies.
    • Commit to provide resources and business incentives to complement those offered by CalRecycle. Local government incentives vary by jurisdiction but may include relaxed zoning laws, streamlined local permitting processes, and reduced taxes and licensing fees.

    CalRecycle also assists businesses by helping them locate recycled manufacturing materials; by making permitting referrals; by providing them with demographic, waste stream, and economic analytics; and by marketing their products on the RecycleStore.


    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Feb 22, 2018

  • California Fights Climate Change by Feeding the Hungry

    $9.4 Million Awarded to 31 Projects that Feed Californians, Reduce Food Waste 

    Media Contact: Lance Klug
    (916) 341-6293


    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has announced the first award recipients for its newFood Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. As part of California’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million to 31 projects throughout the state that:

    • Decrease the estimated 6 million tons of food waste landfilled in California each year, and
    • Increase the state’s capacity to collect, transport, store, and distribute more food for the roughly 1 in 8 Californians who are food insecure.

    When sent to landfills, food and other organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a heat-trapping effect at least 86 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year span. 

    “Bolstering California’s food recovery infrastructure will help feed communities in need, create new jobs, and result in significant greenhouse gas reductions,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Our hope is that these programs will inspire similar efforts throughout California.”

    CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    To be eligible for grant funding, projects must be located in California; result in permanent, annual, and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; and increase the quantity of California-generated food materials prevented, reduced, or rescued from disposal. Note: Many of the following grant recipients serve multiple counties.

    Here is a list of the grant funding recipients:

    • Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Alameda County: $500,00
    • Associated Students, Inc., Los Angeles County: $65,340
    • City of Riverside, Riverside County: $209,736
    • City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, $100,000
    • Cityteam-Oakland, Alameda County: $96,429
    • Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, San Luis Obispo County: $100,000
    • Food Bank for Monterey County, Monterey County: $475,072
    • Food Finders, Inc., Los Angeles County: $100,000
    • Food Forward, Los Angeles County: $500,000
    • Jesus Provides Our Daily Bread dba Jesus Center, Butte County: $499,789
    • Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, Santa Clara County: $313,000
    • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Los Angeles County: $386,960
    • ProduceGood, San Diego County: $100,000
    • Re-plate, Inc., Alameda County: $299,100
    • San Diego Food System Alliance, a Fiscal Project of Leah’s Pantry, San Diego County: $500,000
    • St. Francis Center, Los Angeles County: $100,000
    • The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles County: $100,000
    • University of California, Merced, Merced County: $100,000
    • *Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOC,Merced County: $339,574
    • White Pony Express, Contra Costa County: $115,000

    Total (FY 2016-2017 Funds): $5,000,000

    • City of Culver City, Los Angeles County: $497,144
    • City of Richmond, Contra Costa County: $327,500
    • Desert Manna, San Bernardino County: $470,450
    • El Dorado County: $277,140
    • Fresno Metropolitan Ministry, Fresno County: $500,000
    • Imperial Valley Food Bank, Imperial County: $500,000
    • Kern County: $191,963
    • Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Los Angeles County: $375,206
    • Peninsula Food Runners, San Francisco County: $200,000
    • Strong Food/L.A. Kitchen, Inc., Los Angeles County: $389,387
    • Ventura County: $499,293
    • *Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOC,Orange County: $160,426

    Total (FY 2017-2018 Funds): $4,388,509

    *Project funded with combination of FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 allocations


    Eligible applicants for CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program include cities, counties, and other local agencies; businesses; California universities and colleges; nonprofit organizations; and qualifying Indian Tribes. Applicants may submit cooperative or regional applications with no more than four participants to achieve food recovery projections. 

    Find out more about CalRecycle’s California Climate Investments grants and loans and read stories from other grant recipients about how they’re putting Cap-and-Trade dollars to work for California’s economy, environment, and the health of our communities.

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Feb 1, 2018

  • CalRecycle Completes Wildfire Debris Removal in Northern California

    Fire-Affected Properties Cleared in Butte, Nevada, and Yuba Counties

    Media Contact: Lance Klug
    (916) 341-6293 |                                               

    SACRAMENTO – Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery have completed the removal of wildfire debris on properties in Butte, Nevada, and Yuba counties following October’s devastating wildfires in Northern California. Since November 16, crews removed more than 63,000 tons of ash, debris, and contaminated soil from 250 properties in which owners chose to participate in the CalRecycle-managed cleanup.

    “The completion of debris removal in Butte, Nevada, and Yuba counties marks an important milestone in Northern California’s wildfire recovery efforts,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Thanks to the tireless work of our debris removal crews, 2018 can be a year of rebuilding and new hope for these communities.” 



     A property in Yuba County prior to debris removal (left) and a Butte County property following the removal of ash, debris, and contaminated soil (right).

    Tonnage Removed by Waste Type:

    • Metals: 2,939 tons
    • Debris, Ash, & Soil: 46,538 tons
    • Concrete: 13,124 tons
    • Vegetation: 713 tons
    • Total: 63,314 tons

    Next Steps

    Final soil testing, the installation of erosion control measures, and final property inspections are on track to be complete early this year. Property owners will receive a certificate from their respective counties that verifies their lot is clean and eligible to receive a building permit.

    CalRecycle is working in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other state and local partners as part of the Consolidated Debris Removal Program. The joint effort was developed after the string of October 2017 wildfires destroyed homes in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties. CalRecycle was tasked with leading cleanup operations in Butte, Nevada, and Yuba counties.
    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Jan 7, 2018