This program will provide opportunities for California local government and recycling center operators to improve redemption opportunities for eligible beverage containers and increase recycling rates in unserved convenience zones statewide. Cities are among those eligible to apply for the $5 million available.
The pilot projects may be at residential, commercial, or public locations in an approved pilot project area.
The pilot project program allows for numerous possibilities and flexibility for methods of redemption, including, but not limited to:
How to Apply
- Stationary drop off locations that allow consumers to deposit beverage containers in a locked and secure drop off bin and pay consumers the California Redemption Value after the containers have been inspected.
- Mobile pilot projects.
- A pilot project rotating between a few specific locations during the week.
Jurisdictions are eligible to apply for pilot project funding. A “Jurisdiction” for the purposes of the Pilot Project Program (CCR Section 2750(a)(2)) means a city or county, or combination of cities or counties, that has the authority to issue or grant permission for certified pilot project recyclers to operate in the designated pilot project area.
Jurisdictions must have received approval from CalRecycle to operate a pilot project through the pilot project approval process. The request for funding will consist of a proposed Budget and Work Plan.
Applications are ongoing until Jan. 1, 2022. The Application Guidelines and Instructions
, along with additional information, can be found on CalRecycle’s website