NR 2002-31
July 15, 2002

Contact: Carol Dahmen
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
Ed Wilson
(916) 323-1886


OAKLAND – The mayors of five Bay Area cities joined forces in declaring July as “Bottle and Can Recycling Month” as hundreds of California’s recycling specialists gathered this week to discuss ways to improve environmental and social performance.

Issued at the California Resource Recovery Association’s 26th annual conference, the mayors’ proclamation is part of a statewide effort to increase beverage container recycling rates.

The Bay Area mayors who signed the proclamation declaring “Bottle and Can Recycling Month” in their communities are:

· Mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland
· Mayor Willie Brown, San Francisco
· Mayor Ron Gonzales, San Jose
· Mayor Frederik M. Fowler, Sunnyvale
· Mayor Anne B. Solem, Mill Valley

During his opening remarks, California Department of Conservation Director Darryl Young announced the proclamations and congratulated the Bay Area cities for their dedication to supporting bottle and can recycling.

“CRRA’s annual conference helps provide California’s recycling and solid-waste experts with a stable of resources to help them do their jobs more effectively,” Young said. “The Bay Area cities’ recycling proclamations are one of the many examples of steps cities and counties can take to encourage their communities to recycle their beverage containers.”

More than 16 billion CRV containers are sold in California each year, and about 10 billion have been recycled each of the past two years. That leaves six billion bottles and cans – worth about $160 million in CRV– that end up in the trash instead of the recycling bin.

California is one of 10 states with a beverage container-recycling program. The Department of Conservation administers the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, which became law in 1986. The primary goal of the act is to achieve and maintain high recycling rates for each beverage container type included in the program.

Consumers pay CRV (California Refund Value) when they purchase beverages from a retailer. The deposits are refunded when empty containers are redeemed through local recycling centers. More information on the state's beverage container recycling program is available at, or by calling 1-800-RECYCLE.

In addition to promotion of the state's beverage container recycling program, the Department of Conservation administers programs to safeguard agricultural and open-space land; regulates oil, gas and geothermal wells in the state; studies and maps earthquakes, landslides and mineral resources; and ensures reclamation of land used for mining.