2018 Press Releases
California Launches Unprecedented Wildfire Cleanup Effort: Local, State, and Federal Resources Mobilized to Restore 14,000+ Burned Properties
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties; the California Department of Toxic Substances Control; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and other federal, state, and local partners, has begun the process of clearing debris following the most destructive series of wildfires in California history.
$16 Million Recycling Fraud Ring: Agents Track Suspects to Arizona: California Partners with Arizona in the First Ever Cross-Border Takedown
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in partnership with the California Department of Justice and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, is announcing the arrests of three suspects accused of using an Arizona trucking company as a front to defraud California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program.
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has approved a $2 million California Climate Investment loan to rPlanet Los Angeles, LLC for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling infrastructure at its new facility in Vernon.
California Marks New Wildfire Debris Removal Milestone: Debris Removal Completed in Siskiyou County, Cleanups Continue in Shasta and Lake Counties
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is joining the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to announce the completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County.
Eight Arrested in Summer Recycling Fraud Crackdowns: Border Busts Prevent Nearly $83,000 in Illegal Redemptions of Out-of-State Containers
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is announcing the arrest of eight suspects accused of attempting to defraud the state’s Beverage Container Recycling Program by smuggling out-of-state empty beverage containers for illegal California Redemption Value redemptions.
Wildfire Debris Removal Underway in Northern California: CalRecycle Crews Conducting Simultaneous Cleanup Operations in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties
SACRAMENTO – Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery have begun clearing wildfire debris from burned properties in Shasta (Carr Fire) and Siskiyou (Klamathon Fire) counties. The efforts are part of a two-phase wildfire cleanup program implemented under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and local governments at no out-of-pocket cost to homeowners.
CalRecycle Expands Recycling Business Incentive Program: State-Local Partnership Helps Combat Global Challenges
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has named Calaveras County the state’s 40th Recycling Market Development Zone. CalRecycle’s RMDZ program combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert valuable material from landfills.
CalRecycle Awards $25 Million for Organics Recycling Projects–Communities Get Environmental and Economic Boost from California Climate Investments
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded more than $25 million in California Climate Investments to bolster organics recycling infrastructure in the state and rescue edible food for Californians in need. The projects in 10 California communities are set to transform nearly a half-million tons of discarded food, green waste, and other organic materials into value-added products like biofuel, compost, fertilizers, and soil amendments.
CalRecycle Crews Complete Thomas Wildfire Cleanup: 263,925 Tons of Debris Cleared from 672 Properties in Ventura County
SACRAMENTO–Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery have completed debris removal operations at 672 Ventura County properties destroyed by the Thomas Fire. Since January, crews have removed more than 263,000 tons of ash, debris, and contaminated soil from properties for which owners chose to participate in the state-funded cleanup program.
California Eyes Upgrade to Aging E-Waste Program–Expansion Could Include Nearly All Devices with Cords or Batteries
SACRAMENTO – In an effort to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is out with a new set of recommendations to redesign California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act (SB 20, Sher, Chapter 526, Statutes of 2003).