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Contact: Ed Wilson
             Mark Oldfield

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

A total of $20 million is available for 2008 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 Market Development and Expansion Grant Program is to increase the recycling rate of California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the sustainability of containers, packaging materials, or systems.  The grants also aim to stimulate job creation in California.

Businesses, nonprofit organizations, cities, counties, joint powers authorities, universities, tribes, and state or federal government entities are invited to submit concept papers by May 12, 2008.

The Department of Conservation seeks innovative, but realistic projects that: (1) create market opportunities for new, sustainable products or packaging made from recycled beverage containers; (2) expand market-related activities for existing products made from recycled beverage containers; (3) improve the quality and supply of beverage container material feedstock for use in manufacturing sustainable products or packaging; or (4) create market opportunities for new, sustainable beverage packaging.  The Department is also interested in new job creation associated with such projects, including new jobs for youths and/or graduates of the California Conservation Corps or Local Conservation Corps.

 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.
• Research and development of high-quality materials substantially free of contamination.
• Payments to California manufacturers that recycle beverage containers 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 8 projects in March 2005, 10 projects in March 2006, and 19 projects in December 2007.  The Department is initiating a fifth 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. 
Original funding for the grants was authorized by the passage of Assembly Bill 28 (Chapter 753, Statutes of 2003) and was reauthorized by Assembly Bill 3056 (Chapter 907, Statutes of 2006).  The provisions of this law authorize the Department to issue up to $20 million annually until January 1, 2012.  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 or to request an application: Beverage Container Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grant Program.

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.