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Beverage Container Recycling City/County Payment Program

Grants to California Local Agencies
to Encourage Waste Reduction

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

03/02/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to California local municipal governments for projects that encourage waste reduction. New applicants must contact the Funding Source to request access to the online application. The intention of this grant program is to support local municipal programs in attaining an 80 percent recycling rate for all California Refund Value beverage containers – aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal. Funding is intended to increase beverage container recycling and litter cleanup activities.

Eligible Projects

  • New or existing curbside recycling programs.
  • Neighborhood drop-off recycling programs
  • Public education promoting beverage container recycling.
  • Litter prevention and cleanup where the waste stream includes beverage containers that will be recycled.
  • Cooperative regional efforts among two or more cities or counties, or both.
  • Other beverage container recycling programs.
  • Supporting AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling requirements.
    • Infrastructure for businesses to recycle beverage containers.
    • Support for new or existing beverage container recycling programs for multi-family residential dwellings.
    • Public education and outreach that includes a beverage container-recycling component.

For information about Eligible Expenditures, see page 10 of the Program Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169395

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Each city is eligible to receive $5,000 or an amount calculated by CalRecycle, on a per capita basis, whichever is greater.
- Each county is eligible to receive $10,000 or an amount calculated by CalRecycle, on a per capita basis, whichever is greater.

Term of Contract:

The term begins from the date of the award and ends on March 1, 2022. Eligible costs must be incurred no later than March 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, or cities and counties in California, as identified by the California Department of Finance, unless otherwise determined by CalRecycle.

Local governments may join together in a regional application in which two or more eligible jurisdictions join together for the purpose of project implementation. A Regional Lead Participant (Lead) must be designated to act on behalf of all participating jurisdictions. The Lead is the applicant/recipient who will be responsible for the performance of the Program and all required documentation. CalRecycle will direct all official correspondence and payments to the Lead. If a jurisdiction is a participant in a regional application, it may not apply individually.

Ineligible Activities/Items.
Any activity/items unrelated to beverage container recycling or litter reduction to include, but are not limited to:
- Recycled Content Products.
- Pet/BioBag Waste Bags.
- Monetary/Gift Card Rewards for Recycling Activities/Challenges.
- Memberships to Association.
- Out of State Conferences.
- Trash Containers Only.
- Refillable Water Bottles.
- Water Drop-Off Services.
- Activities solely related to used oil, E-waste, household hazardous waste, organics, compost, cardboard recycling, and waste.
- Items or services whose cost is covered by another CalRecycle Grant.
- Any costs for construction projects by charter cities prohibited by Labor Code section 1782.

Pre-Application Information:

- December 2, 2019: Funding Request Open Date and Access
- March 2, 2020: Funding Request Due Date - Funding Requests must be submitted in CAPRS no later than 11:59 p.m. by this date. Customer service will be provided until 4:00 p.m. on this date.
- April 2020: Payment Awards and Beginning of Term (Request for Approval Date) - Program expenditures may start no earlier than the date of the award.
- June-July 2020: Payments Distributed
- March 1, 2022: Term End Date
- April 1, 2022: Reporting Due Date

First time users of the Beverage Container Recycling City/County Annual Payment and Reporting System (CAPRS) must contact the CalRecycle Regional Representative and request access to CAPRS. After the request is received and approved, a WebPass invitation will be sent along with an email granting access to CAPRS. Returning users can immediately log into CAPRS.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


If you are unable to access CAPRS, email or call 916-322-0613. Customer service will be available until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date either by emailing grant assistance at or calling Ms. Melissa Sanford at (916) 341-6104.

CalRecycle Regional Representative contact information can be found at: This is the best contact for any questions about the Program.

Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Grants and Payment Unit 5
1001 I Street, MS 13A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 322-0613

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