Beverage Container Recycling City/County Payment Program (California)

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers the Beverage Container Recycling City County Payment Program.

Donor Name: California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

State: California

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/18/2022

Size of the Grant: $10,000


The purpose of the beverage container recycling program is to reach and maintain an 80 percent recycling rate for all California Refund Value beverage containers – aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal. Projects implemented by cities and counties will assist in reaching and maintaining this goal.

Funding Information

  • $10,500,000 is available for fiscal year 2021–22, subject to funding availability.
  • 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.
  • The calculation is based upon the population in the incorporated areas of a city, or a city and county, or the unincorporated area of a county as of January 1, 2021 (Department of Finance E-1 Population Estimates for Cities, Counties and the State with Annual Percent Change – January 1, 2020 and 2021. Sacramento, California, May 2021.)


The Term begins from the date of the award and ends on March 1, 2024. Eligible costs must be incurred no later than March 1, 2024.

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.


  • 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.
  • Supporting AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling requirements. For additional information on MCR and definitions of “businesses” and “multi-family residential dwellings” as they relate to this regulation, see Mandatory Commercial Recycling
    • 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 include a beverage container recycling component.

Joint Application Requirements

  • Eligible entities may file a joint application in which two or more eligible entities join together to implement the project. A Lead Participant (Lead) must be designated to act on behalf of all participating entities. The Lead is the applicant, and if awarded, will be the entity responsible for the performance of the Program and all required documentation. CalRecycle will direct all official correspondence and payments to the Lead.

Note: An entity may not submit an individual application if that entity is also a participant of a joint application.

For more information, visit CalRecycle.