The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers the Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program (Program).
Donor Name: California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/01/2022
Size of the Grant: $1,000,000
The purpose of the grant is to issue $5,000,000 in the form of grants for up to five pilot projects proposed by cities and/or counties working in combination with private businesses to provide convenient beverage container redemption in both urban and rural areas that do not have enough recycling opportunities for consumers.
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.
- $5,000,000 is available for this grant cycle, fiscal year 2019–20, subject to funding availability.
- $1,000,000 is the maximum available for a single Pilot Project.
- 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 fully expended.
- 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.
- Authorized Pilot Project Recycler
- A Pilot Project Recycler must be authorized by the Pilot Project Jurisdiction to operate in the pilot project area.
- A Pilot Project Recycler must be certified by CalRecycle to operate in the pilot project area.
- The request for funding will consist of a proposed Budget and Work Plan.
- 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.
For more information, visit CalRecycle.