California Container Recycling Rate up 8.6% Over Last Year

Date: December 1, 2008

Source: California Department of Conservation

November 7, 2008


To: All Interested Parties

Subject: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates

Public Resources Code Section 14551 requires the Department of Conservation to report biannually on the redemption and recycling rates for each six-month period within 130 days of the end of that period. Enclosed, please find the Biannual Report of Redemption and Recycling Rates for the first six-month period January through June of the 2008 calendar year.

The beverage container recycling rate for All Materials during the January through June 2008 period is 76 percent. Material specific recycling rates are as follows: aluminum 85 percent, glass 79 percent, #1 PET 63 percent, #2 HDPE 90 percent, #3 PVC 19 percent, #4 LDPE 0 percent, #5 PP 0 percent, #6 PS 1 percent, #7 Other 4 percent, and bimetal 14 percent.

During the six-month period of January through June 2008, Californians recycled over 7.5 billion beverage containers; an increase of nearly 600 million beverage containers from the same time period in 2007. California continues to lead the nation in total quantity of bottles and cans recycled.

If you have any questions about this report, please contact Stephen Bantillo, Assistant Director for Recycling, at (916) 323-3836.

Bridgett Luther Director


California Department of Conservation, Beverage Container Recycling:

For more information, contact:
Director's Office
801 K Street
Ms 24-01
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone 916 / 322-1080
Fax 916 / 445-0732
TDD 916 / 324-2555

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