NR 2005-18
September 19, 2005

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


SACRAMENTO – The state Department of Conservation is accepting funding proposals for its Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program.

A total of $10 million is available for fiscal year 2005/06 as part of an ongoing statewide effort to encourage innovative approaches to the recovery and re-use of recyclable bottles and cans.

The overall goal of the $10 million Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program is to increase the recycling rate of California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers. The grants also aim to stimulate job creation in the state.

Businesses, non-profits, cities, counties, joint powers authorities, universities, tribes, and state or federal government entities have been invited by the Department of Conservation to submit concept papers by October 14, 2005.

The Department will be looking for grant projects that create new and expanded end-uses for aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, and improve supplies and quality of recycled feedstock for use in manufacturing. Recycling market development and expansion-related proposals may address, but are not limited to:

  • Research and development of collecting, sorting, processing, cleaning, or otherwise upgrading the market value of recycled beverage containers;

  • Identification, development, and expansion of markets for recycled beverage containers;

  • Research and development for products manufactured using recycled beverage containers; and

  • Payments to California manufacturers who recycle beverage containers that are marked by resin type identification codes "3," "4," "5," "6," or "7."

Recycling Market Development & Expansion Grants

The first grant allocation in February 2004 included funding for 15 projects, followed by eight projects in March 2005. The Department is initiating a third grant cycle by soliciting proposals from a wide array of organizations, including private businesses, manufacturers, trade associations, environmental groups, and community organizations. Both for profit and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Funding for the grants was authorized by the passage of Assembly Bill 28 (Chapter 753, Statutes of 2003). The provisions of this law authorize the Department to issue up to $10 million annually until January 1, 2007. The grants are funded by unredeemed deposits on California Refund Value bottles and cans, at no cost to the state’s General Fund.

For additional information on the Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program, or to request an application, click here.

In addition to promoting beverage container recycling in California, the Department of Conservation regulates oil, gas and geothermal wells; studies and maps earthquakes and other geologic phenomena; maps and classifies areas containing mineral deposits; ensures reclamation of land used for mining; and administers agricultural and open-space land conservation programs.

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