What is CalRecycle?
California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is the state’s leading authority and central hub for recycling and waste management programs. From landmark initiatives (Integrated Waste Management and Beverage Container Recycling acts) to grassroots outreach (Check Your Number Campaign), CalRecycle provides insights, education, and resources that lead Californians to use less, recycle more and take resource conservation to higher and higher levels.
Are CalRecycle Programs Working?
CalRecycle is inspiring Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation. The Golden State leads the country by diverting approximately 65 percent of its waste from landfills. Today, recycling in California supports at least 140,000 jobs, according to data from the Employment Development Department. In 2010, California recycled some 30 million waste tires, 16.5 billion California Redemption Value beverage containers, 186 million pounds of electronic waste, and more than 100 million gallons of used motor oil. There are now more than 3,200 Certified Collection Centers for used oil in California, many of which are conveniently located at auto parts stores and quick lube shops.