This program will provide opportunities for California local governments and recycling center operators to improve redemption opportunities for eligible beverage containers and increase recycling rates in unserved convenience zones statewide. Cities are among the jurisdictions that are eligible to apply.
These modifications allow pilot project recyclers (PPR), which are certified to operate in those pilot projects, eligible for grants, and allow PPR operators that use and rely on the equipment and vehicles purchased with the grant funds to own that equipment.
While the jurisdictions and pilot project recyclers will have separate grant agreements under an approved pilot project, the combined amount of grant funds shall not exceed the total amount approved for that pilot project. CalRecycle strongly encourages jurisdictions and PPR operators to work together to determine how the funding will be split to cover the costs of the approved pilot project to ensure the maximum amount allowable does not exceed $1,000,000.
A jurisdiction must apply for a beverage container recycling pilot project and be approved by CalRecycle before being considered for grant funding. Additionally, a PPR operator must be certified as a pilot project recycler for an approved pilot project to be eligible for funding consideration. Cities should review the Pilot Project Requirements
to apply for a project and the Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program
link for specific grant requirements.