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Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

01/01/22 - Open/Initial and on-going until January 1, 2022


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Grants to California local units of government to develop recycling programs. Grant funds may be used to defray the costs of materials and equipment purchases, personnel wages, educational materials and activities, and operating expenses. The purpose of this grant program is to provide opportunities for local government and recycling center operators to improve redemption opportunities for eligible beverage containers and increase recycling rates in unserved convenience zones statewide.

The Program requires that local jurisdictions and recycling center operators work closely together to create innovative pilot projects and provide convenient redemption opportunities for consumers, therefore, improving consumer redemption of eligible beverage containers and increase recycling rates in jurisdictions served by pilot projects.


  • 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:
    • 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.  

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Personnel costs directly related to the operation of the Program (salaries/wages for staff performing specific activities as approved by CalRecycle.)
  • Purchase of equipment or materials related to infrastructure (i.e., equipment necessary for the operation of the program, technology required to administer and/or operate the program).
  • Direct operating expenses associated with Program activities (e.g. rent for storage and/or sorting facilities, transportation supplies, etc.)
  • Education activities and/or materials promoting beverage container recycling.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187966

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Grant funds will be issued for up to five pilot projects. Subsequent grant applications may be submitted after five pilot projects have been awarded and there are funds remaining. If five pilot projects have not been awarded by December 31, 2020, a subsequent grant application will be accepted from a previous awardee, so long as the initially awarded funds have been expended.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000,000 is the maximum grant award that applicants may initially request.

Term of Contract:

The Grant Term begins on the date of the Notice to Proceed email. Grant-eligible program expenditures may start no earlier than the date indicated in the Notice to Proceed. The Grant Term ends on June 30, 2022 and all eligible program costs must be incurred by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.
For more details, see page 3 of the Application Guidelines and Instructions document in Attached Files below.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
- Costs incurred prior to the date of the Notice to Proceed email or after June 30, 2022.
- Promotional Items/SWAG (Stuff We All Get). Promotional items not related to the project (e.g. shirts, magnets, cups, gift cards, stickers, tote bags not used as recycling bins, calendars with no educational content, trophies, awards, plaques, rewards). More information can be found at the SWAG web page (
- Trash bins.
- Equipment not related to the project.
- Personnel (costs or staff not related to the Program or within scope of grant).
- Education activities and/or materials not related to the Program.
- Travel costs exceeding state-approved rates for mileage, per diem, lodging, etc.
- Costs that are inconsistent with local, state, and federal statutes, ordinances and/or regulations.
- Any pre-paid expenditures for future goods or services delivered after the end of the Grant Term. (Exception: The Grant Manager may consider approving products purchased in full the end of the Grant Term but delivered after the Grant Term if the delay is caused solely by the supplier and through no fault of the grantee. The grantee must request an exemption in writing and receive written approval from the Grant Manager.
- Out-of-state travel, unless pre-approved in writing by the Grant Manager.
- Any other costs not deemed reasonable or related to the purpose of the grant by the Grant Manager.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due Date: Open/Initial and on-going until January 1, 2022
- Application Access: Pilot Project Applications must be submitted to DOR by this date.
- Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date.

For a full timeline, see page 3 of the Procedures and Requirements document in Attached Files below.

GMS is CalRecycle’s web-based grant application and Grants Management System. Grantees must log in to GMS using their web pass.

Applicants must sign a reliable contractor declaration. See page 5 of Procedures and Requirements in Supporting Documents, below.

Payment to the grantee for eligible grant expenses is made on a reimbursement basis only, and only for those materials and services specified in the approved grant application.

For additional information related to pilot projects, visit Beverage Container Recycling Pilot Program at

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy Frequently Asked Questions:

Contact Information:

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

Establish or manage a WebPass at CalRecycle’s WebPass page:

GMS login:

If you have questions, please call Michael Vanderburg at (916) 327-2769.

If you are unable to access DOR or need assistance, please send an email to or call 916-341-6534.

Division of Recycling/Certification Unit
801 K Street, MS 15-59,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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