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NR 2005-28
December 23, 2005

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

DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AWARDS $1.5 MILLION IN GRANTS
TO BOOST BOTTLE AND CAN RECYCLING

SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Conservation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to13 California organizations to increase the number of locations for bottle and can recycling. Grantees include universities, parks, conservation groups, waste haulers, and local government entities.

"Most Californians will recycle if they’re simply given the opportunity to do so,” said DOC Director Bridgett Luther. “These grants are designed to make recycling our empty water bottles, soda cans and other containers not only the right thing to do, but the easy thing to do.”

Grantees will combine DOC grants with their own funding to step up collection and recycling of California Refund Value (CRV) bottles and cans. DOC recycling grants are paid for with unclaimed refunds of CRV beverage containers, and are awarded at no cost to the state's general fund.

The winning grant proposals were selected through a competitive scoring process. Grant amounts ranged from $375,266, which went to San Bernardino County, to $39,460, which went to the Associated Students Recycling Center at California State University, Long Beach.

More than 20 billion CRV bottles and cans will have been sold in California during 2005, but roughly 8 billion will end up in trashcans instead of recycling bins. These discarded aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers represent a total CRV of about $300 million, as well as energy savings and valuable raw materials. Recycling a single aluminum can, for example, saves enough energy to run a television for nearly three hours.

Most aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers are included in the CRV program. CRV is $0.04 on containers that hold fewer than 24 ounces, and $0.08 on containers holding 24 ounces or greater. Among the notable products not included in the program are milk, wine and distilled spirits containers. A complete list of products subject to CRV and redemption center locations can be found at www.bottlesandcans.com.

DOC grants fund other collection programs to help ensure recycling is available at a variety of places where Californians work and play. Businesses interested in beginning a workplace recycling program can receive a free Recycling Starter Kit by using the order form at www.bottlesandcans.com.

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

2005 DOC Community Outreach Grant Recipients

  • City of Napa, $78,000, to establish a recycling and collection program targeting commercial businesses. Contact: Kevin Miller (707) 258-7800 ext. 7921.

  • Sierra Conservation Project, $166,599, to implement a curbside program targeting the residential sector and a collection program targeting commercial and community locations throughout Inyo County. Contact: Brian Robinette (760) 914-0115.

  • Upper Valley Waste Management Agency (Napa), $82,000 to establish recycling collection programs at the Napa County Fairgrounds, The Culinary Institute of America-Greystone, Copia museum and education center, and the Napa Expo. Contact: Amy Garden (707) 253-4471.

  • Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, $47,175, to expand collection infrastructure inside academic and administrative buildings and replace old bins at 14 residence halls and other buildings on campus. Contact: Alec Cooley (707) 826-5920.

  • Global Materials Recovery Services, Inc. (Santa Rosa), $178,300, to install a sorting line in its new Materials Recovery Facility to separate commingled bottles and cans collected through residential and commercial sites in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. Contact: Lisa Hardin (707) 585-0511.

  • City of Chula Vista, $165,000, to implement recycling and education programs for 22,000 households living in multi-family residential settings. Contact: Lynn France (619) 397-6221.

  • City of Torrance, $97,800, to place recycling bins at public areas throughout the city, including the Cultural Arts Center, Torrance Beach, city hall and city parks. Contact: Alison Sherman (310) 781-6916.

  • Santa Monica College, $87,400, to expand the beverage container recycling program on the main campus as well as six satellite campuses located throughout the city. Contact: Madeline Brodie (310) 434-8726.

  • Associated Students Recycling Center at CSU-Long Beach, $39,460, to expand the existing recycling program by adding an additional 40 bins in high-traffic areas such as parking lots, bus stops and special events on campus. Contact: Kirsten Stava (562) 985-5461.

  • Parents and Friends, Inc. (Fort Bragg), $58,000, to expand collection within the state parks system in Mendocino County while providing employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Contact: Marissa Montalvo (707) 964-2786.
     

  • California State Parks Foundation, $75,000, to install new recycling bin clusters at California state parks and beaches on April 22, 2006 as part of the CSPF annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Contact: Erika Pringsheim-Moore (925) 284-5069.

  • County of San Bernardino, $375,266, to establish beverage container recycling programs at Hyundai Pavilion, California Speedway, United States Forest Service unincorporated San Bernardino mountain areas and Mojave River Fork, and to enhance the curbside program in the community of Wrightwood and expand recycling opportunities at Glen Helen Regional Park. Contact: Sylvia Van Gorden (909) 386-8762.

  • Keep California Beautiful, $50,000, to expand current collection project to include three San Diego area shopping malls. Contact: Marlene Mariani (858) 505-9936.

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