Beverage Container Redemption Innovation Grant Program Fiscal Year 2022-23

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The purpose of the grant is to issue up to $73,333,000 to support start-up costs for recycling programs, which shall be limited to recycling centers, mobile recycling, reverse vending machines, or bag drop programs. These funds are also available to existing recycling centers for the purpose of establishing mobile recycling to expand outreach. 



Eligible projects include:

Mobile Recycling. Defined as a recycling center that redeems empty beverage containers at more than one location and reports under a single certification identification (ID).  The expanded recycling services must not be within a served zone unless either of the following exceptions apply:  The applicant is the recycling center currently serving the zone; and they are the sole recycling center within the zone.

Reverse Vending Machines (RVM). Defined as machines that pay customers for beverage containers placed in the machine.

Bag Drop Programs. Defined as a method of redemption offered by recycling centers where consumers redeem empty beverage containers by delivering the containers to stationary locations in a sealed bag, box, or other receptacle for the recycler to inspect and weigh at a time or location other than where the containers are redeemed.

Eligible applicants include:

Dealers. A retail establishment in an unserved convenience zone which offers the sale of beverages in beverage containers to consumers that is required to either redeem in store (Option A) or pay $100 a day to CalRecycle (Option B). These entities are not required to be certified as a recycling center. All Dealers must submit an affidavit to CalRecycle that states they choose to redeem in-store prior to the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) email. Dealers may only apply for reverse vending machine (RVM) projects.

Existing Certified Recycling Centers.  An existing certified recycling center is defined as an operation certified by CalRecycle to accept empty beverage containers and pay a California Redemption Value (CRV) to consumers prior to the issuance of the NTP email.

New Recycling Center Businesses. A new recycling center business is defined as an applicant who intends to apply for the grant and is eligible to become a certified recycling center. This can include, but is not limited to, beverage dealers. A new recycling center must be certified prior to the issuance of the NTP email. 

Community Service Programs (SP). Community service programs are operated by a nonprofit/charitable organization with tax exempt status, or a city, county, or other public agency. SPs are not able to pay CRV. SPs may operate RVMs, engage in setting up drop-off bins at specific sites or collect from various locations such as schools, churches, or parks. Charitable organizations (e.g., environmental groups, community groups, and municipal governments) often become certified as a community service program as part of their fundraising efforts. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible applicants include: Dealers, Existing Certified Recycling Centers, New Recycling Center Businesses, Community Service Programs.

Organizational types: (Nonprofit organizations (except private K-12 schools) registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)3, (c)6, or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code), Local Governments, Private entities and for-profit businesses, Public colleges and universities, and Qualifying Tribal Entities.

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Important Dates

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August 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
April 1, 2026

Funding Details

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$30,000 – $3,000,000
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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Assembly Bill (AB) 179 (Chapter 249, Ting, Budget Act of 2022.

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Funding Method Notes:

$40,000,000 is available for this grant cycle, fiscal year 2022–23, including $2,500,000 allocated for Community Service Programs (SP) and $1,000,000 allocated for small Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) projects subject to funding availability.

Dealers, Existing and New Certified Recycling Centers: Min-$500,000 - Max-$3,000,000.

Small RVM Projects: Min-$30,000 - Max-$100,000.

Community Service Programs: Min-$30,000 - Max-$300,000.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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