Diversion and Promotional Programs to Report (through 2010)

This table describes the kinds of individual activities that may be associated with the diversion and promotional programs listed in Part III of each organization’s waste management reports prior to and through 2010.

Section 1: Diversion Programs

Source Reduction

Business Source Reduction Program
(Business Waste Reduction, Waste Prevention)

    • Paper forms reduction
    • Bulletin boards
    • Remanufactured Toner cartridges
    • Reusable cups
    • Reusable boxes
    • Electronic media
    • Intranet
    • Online forms
    • Double-sided copies
    • Half- sheet memos
    • Diaper service (cloth diapers)
    • Rolled paper towels
    • Air hand-dryers
    • Remanufactured equipment
    • Cloth or reusable shop rags
    • Preventative maintenance

Material Exchange

    • Regional waste exchange
    • Material sales to public
    • Nonprofit/school donations
    • State surplus (DGS program participation)
    • Auctions
    • Property reutilization
    • Food exchange
    • Used book buy backs
    • Employees supplies exchange

Note: Computers (monitors, CPUs, etc), televisions, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens are deemed as hazardous and do not count as diversion.

Salvage Yard Please describe the materials handled and diverted in your salvage yard.


    • Beverage containers (excluding 2020 centers): bottles, cans, and plastic with California redemption value
    • Cardboard
    • Glass
    • Plastics
    • Newspaper
    • Office paper (white): white ledger, printer paper, etc.
    • Office paper (mixed): colored paper, newspaper, magazines, etc.
    • Confidential shredded paper
    • Scrap metal: tin cans, x-ray silver, etc.
    • Special collection events: (e.g. At fairs) telephone books, etc.
    • Other: textiles, rags

Organic Management

    • Xeriscaping, grasscycling
    • On-site composting and mulching can include any organics
    • Self-haul green waste: tree limbs, branches, bushes hauled to composting site
    • Commercial pickup of compostables (e.g., street-sweeping debris, sawdust, manure)
    • Food waste composting, vermicomposting (worm composting) pick-up/self-haul
    • Other Organic Waste: Contact your CalRecycle representative for category definition.

Special Waste Materials

    • Ash: land applications, building materials
    • Sludge (sewage/industrial): soil amendment–land spreading of biosolids, co-composting
    • Tires: retreads, other reuse, recycling, drop-off at certified/permitted recycling center,
      higher mileage tires (source reduction)
    • White goods: white goods include appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.)
      Note: brown goods include electronics such as stereos, but computers (monitors, CPUs, etc), television, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, and microwave ovens are deemed as hazardous and do not count as diversion.
    • Scrap Metal: salvage at processing centers–I-beams, guard rails, pipes, rebar, etc.
    • Wood waste:
      -brush/wood waste chips for mulch or compost: milled lumber, dimensional lumber, pallets, etc.
      -wood waste picked up  by vendor: firewood, fallen trees, etc.
    • Concrete/asphalt/rubble (C&D): Inerts: Concrete/rubble reuse, fill for land reclamation, subbase material for roads, concrete/asphalt recycling
    • Rendering: dead animal program, grease, tallow, cooking oil
    • Other Special Waste: Contact your CalRecycle representative for category definition.

Facility Recovery

    • Materials Recovery Facility: Materials are taken to a permitted materials recovery facility
    • Alternative Daily Cover: Green waste, ash, biosolids
    • Other facility recovery:Drop-off at landfill


    • Waste to Energy: e.g. Commerce, Crows Landing, Long Beach
    • Biomass: wood waste
    • Tires: tire-derived fuel/incineration
    • Other: Transformation: Contact your CalRecycle representative for category definition.

Items below are documented, but not included in diversion

(Note: Hazardous waste, including universal waste, may NOT be disposed as ordinary trash.)

Hazardous Waste Materials

    • <Electronic Waste (e-waste): Computers (monitors, CPUs, etc), televisions, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, microwave ovens, etc. See the CalRecycle link for additional e-waste information.
    • Batteries
    • Used oil/antifreeze
    • Paint
    • Fluorescent lights
    • Other Universal WasteUniversal wastes are hazardous wastes that are more common and pose a lower risk to people and the environment than other hazardous wastes. The regulations, called the “Universal Waste Rule”, are in California Code of Regulations, Title 22 Division 4.5, Chapter 23. Additional information can be found at: https://dtsc.ca.gov/regs/regulations-universal-waste-rule/
    • Other hazardous waste: stripping products, paint thinner, medical waste

Section 2: Promotional Programs

    • Web pages
    • Newspaper articles/ads
    • Brochures, newsletters, publications: fliers, office paper recycling guide, fact sheets, new employee package
    • Outreach (technical assistance, presentations, awards, fairs): seminars, workshops
    • Recycled content products – procurement training
    • Awards program, public awareness
    • Speakers (agency staff available for presentations)
    • Technical assistance
    • College curriculum
    • Waste audits
    • Waste evaluations/surveys

For more information contact: Recycling Coordinator, SARC@calrecycle.ca.gov, or Buy Recycled Campaign, SABRC@calrecycle.ca.gov.