COVID-19 Resources and Updates

CalRecycle is committed to serving the public during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency. CalEPA and CalRecycle are still open for business. We continue to provide our essential services to ensure the safe and proper management of California’s nonhazardous solid waste.

The health and safety of Californians is our top priority, and we will continue to serve the public by protecting human health and the environment.

For up-to-date state and federal information on the COVID-19 emergency, please check the websites of the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This page will be updated regularly as new information about the impact COVID-19 has on the waste management and recycling industry is made available.

Below are resources that CalRecycle has gathered, but makes no endorsement of for accuracy or any specific purpose.

Emergency Waivers for Solid Waste Facilities
Solid waste facilities may need to address changes in operations at facilities that are inconsistent with the permit when there is a declared emergency. California Governor Gavin Newsom in Executive Order N-25-20PDF download proclaimed a State of Emergency on March 12, 2020 as a result of the threat COVID-19. The threat of COVID-19 may have direct and indirect impacts to solid waste facility operations. Please refer to CalRecycle’s guidance regarding Emergency Waiver of Standards, as well as Additional Storage of Recycled Materials at Solid Waste Facilities for assistance in addressing issues that may arise with solid waste facilities during the State of Emergency.

If you have any questions, please contact your CalRecycle Permitting and Assistance Point of Contact.

Government Updates

Guidance for Industry & Local Government

Medical Waste Handling

Business Assistance and Other Resources