Training (Videos and Webinars): Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC) Program

The following are a variety of training efforts CalRecycle produced for the Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC) program. If you require assistance accessing any of the documents, videos, or webinars on this page, please contact CalRecycle’s RPPC program staff at or (916) 341-6717.



Examples of RPPC

Consider factors in determining if a container meets the definition of an RPPC. View types of containers regulated by the RPPC program. YouTube (00:03:30) | Transcript

Demo of RPPC

Determining a Container’s Volume
View methods for measuring the volume capacity of plastic packaging containers. YouTube (00:08:08) | Transcript

Webinar: Complying with California’s RPPC Law

As a product or container manufacturer, you want to deliver innovative, effective product packaging to maximize sales. You may also be responsible for using Rigid Plastic Packaging Containers (RPPC) with less plastic or an increased percentage of recycled plastic. With this responsibility comes the need for knowledge.

To assist product or container manufacturers with their understanding of the RPPC law, CalRecycle held an informational webinar that particpants could attend on July 23 or July 24, 2013. The webinar:

  • Reviewed California’s RPPC law.
  • Provided examples of RPPCs.
  • Presented online tools to assist product manufacturers to determine if they use RPPC that fall under California’s RPPC law.
  • Covered common questions raised by a variety of industries.

The following videos are chapters from CalRecycle’s 2013 webinar on complying with the RPPC law. The full webinar is also available further below.

Chapter 1: What is an RPPC?
Review the statutory and regulatory criteria that determine whether a container qualifies as an RPPC with some examples shown. YouTube (8:22) Transcript

Chapter 3: Certification Phases
Review the three RPPC certification phases: Registration, Precertification, and Compliance Certification. YouTube (3:49)  Transcript

Chapter 5: Calculating Compliance
Get an overview of calculating compliance, including averaging formulas for certain compliance options. YouTube (1:54)  Transcript

Chapter 7: Violations and Penalties
Get an overview of potential violations and the associated penalties that may be imposed. YouTube (1:12)  Transcript

Chapter 2: Determining a Container’s Volume
Determine RPPC volume using: standard formulas, rice or water measurement, and volume displacement or the water dunk test. YouTube (8:54) Transcript

Chapter 4: Compliance Options
Review the compliance options available to meet the requirements of California’s RPPC law. YouTube (9:15) Transcript

Chapter 6: Advisory Opinions, Waivers, and Exemptions
Review when and how to request advisory opinions, waivers, and exemptions. YouTube (4:45) Transcript


Full Webinar: Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC) Program: Complying with California’s RPPC Law

Presented July 23 and 24, 2013: YouTube (00:45:45) | Transcript | Webinar slide presentation