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Recycling Resource Center

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Recycling Resource Center

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).

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Preparing for SB 1383: Organic Waste Resources
Organics Recycling & Edible Food Recovery Resources

New requirements around organic waste recycling will soon be a reality under SB 1383. Learn how local agencies are preparing for the regulations through model ordinances, franchise agreements, edible food recovery programs, procurement and more.

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Funding and Financing Recycling Infrastructure

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.

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Planning and Siting Recycling Infrastructure

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.

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Commercial Recycling

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.

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