2020 Press Releases




Take Action Against the COVID Hunger Emergency for the Holidays

SACRAMENTO–Demand for food assistance has more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 1 in 4 Californians without enough to eat. Sheltering-in-place makes it difficult to take part in traditional in-person holiday food drives and fundraising events. But this year it’s more important than ever to help people struggling to feed their families during the holidays, according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and its partner the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB).

Tree Cutters Clear the Way for Camp Fire Recovery

BUTTE COUNTY—Survivors of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history moved a step closer to recovery this week as state-managed crews began clearing dead and dying trees from the burn scar of the 2018 Camp Fire. As part of California’s comprehensive Camp Fire recovery efforts, crews have begun removing some of the 49,397 trees that pose a danger to the public.

California Launches Statewide Wildfire Cleanup

SACRAMENTO – The State of California has started the process of safely removing residential wildfire debris from over 5,600 properties across the state after more than 8,000 climate-induced wildfires burned 4.1 million acres in recent months. The coordinated effort between federal, state, and local leaders is a critical step towards individual and community disaster recovery.

San Mateo County Joins San Francisco and Culver City to Innovate New CRV Redemption Models

SACRAMENTO–Local leaders in San Mateo County will expand the number of take-back sites for consumers to cash in their empty bottles and cans through a pilot project just approved by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), as the state explores new models to boost consumer access to recycling California Redemption Value (CRV) bottles and cans.

California Cracks Suspected Bottle and Can Recycling Fraud Ring

SACRAMENTO—California agents arrested nine suspects in a move to dismantle an organized recycling fraud ring that stretched from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The multi-state network of buyers, sellers, baggers, loaders and drivers are believed to be responsible for smuggling semi-truck loads of ineligible out-of-state containers into the state for fraudulent redemption at multiple Southern California recycling centers.

Tree Removal Starts New Phase of Camp Fire Recovery

SACRAMENTO – Camp Fire recovery efforts from California’s deadliest wildfire are entering a new phase, which includes the removal of hundreds of thousands of fire-damaged trees in danger of falling in Paradise and surrounding communities. In the coming weeks, the state will award four contracts: two to help manage the mass tree removal operation as Butte County works to gain permission from property owners to access affected land through Right-of-Entry agreements; and two for the licensed timber operators who will fell the trees.

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