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.