Waste reduction and recycling is an essential element of a sustainable community. In addition to conserving resources and protecting the environment, reducing waste and finding new uses for recycled materials benefits local residents, businesses, and public agencies alike. As California residents and businesses recycle more, local governments are looking to build additional recycling infrastructure projects and expand existing programs. The Institute offers a variety of resources, webinars and case examples to help local governments do just that – finance, site and operate residential and commercial recycling projects and programs in their communities.
These resources were developed under a contract with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
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.
Understanding how to site recycling, processing and manufacturing facilities can help cities and counties get the full benefit of the economic development and greenhouse gas reductions they produce. In order to plan for and site recycling facilities, local governments must obtain the proper permits and comply with the California Environmental Quality Act among other requirements. This section provides resources and case stories to help local governments navigate this complex process.
This section includes a sample commercial recycling ordinance, a sample outreach and education flyer, examples of local commercial recycling programs, links to past webinars and other resources to help local officials increase commercial recycling in their communities.