California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

In Focus

  • Waste Characterization Reports

    CalRecycle has recently completed two major waste characterization studies: a Disposal-Facility-Based Study, which analyzes the material disposed in the state’s waste stream; and a Commercial Generator Study, which includes data on materials disposed and recycled from the state’s commercial sector. This information is critical for waste management planning--and for reaching our recycling and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

  • What is Environmental Justice?

    Find out how CalRecycle is working with local communities to help overcome challenging environmental burdens. Web content in English and Spanish, and can be translated to other languages as well!

  • Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

    California businesses are required to start recycling their organic waste by April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate each week. By 2016, local jurisdictions must have an organic waste recycling program in place for those businesses. See our Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling page and our Organics Materials Management page for more information.

  • 2015 Wildfire Cleanups

    CalRecycle crews are currently helping to coordinate cleanup and restoration work in the wake of the devastating Butte, Valley, Trinity County, and Rocky & Jerusalem wildfires. See our 2015 California Wildfires Cleanups page for information and updates.

  • State of Recycling in California

    As California pursues its statewide goal of 75 percent recycling, composting and source reduction, check out where we stand today in recycling and disposal of our discards.

  • California's 75 Percent Initiative

    California’s goal to recycle 75 percent of its solid waste is the subject of a new report that outlines key focus areas and strategies to help get us there.