As California residents and businesses are recycling more, due to a combination of customer education, environmental awareness, local and state mandates and pricing incentives, local governments face challenges in identifying ways to finance and fund recycling projects and programs. The resources and case stories included here outline some of the innovative ways that local governments are financing recycling infrastructure and funding recycling programs across the state.
This document offers an explanation of the connections between recycling, climate and economic development. Increasing recycling can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and creating the facilities for that recycling and use of recycling materials will promote economic development.
The case stories below illustrate the creative ways local governments are financing and siting recycling infrastructure facilities. Consumer education, long term rate stabilization policies, charging the true cost of all service and identifying all elements of the “garbage bill” are some options illustrated in the financing case stories.The siting stories highlight some of the innovative recycling facilities being sited in cities and counties across California.