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
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.