California achieves 65% recycling rate for first
Sacramento, CA— In conjunction
with America Recycles Day, the Department of Conservation (DOC)
announced that California’s recycling rate reached 65 percent
for the first half of 2005.
Californians made history in
2004 by recycling more than 12 billion bottles and cans, an all-time
high, and achieving an overall annual recycling rate of 59 percent,
up from 55 percent the previous year. The trend from the first
half of 2005 indicates the annual recycling rate will rise again
after 10 years of declines.
With the help of groundbreaking
innovations like the Recycling Starter Kit, new partnerships with
private businesses that have begun recycling programs, and grants
programs that propel a wide range of recycling activities, more
beverage containers than ever before are being recycled to come
back as new products.
The 2.5 billion clear plastic
bottles recycled by Californians last year were enough to create
180 million extra-large t-shirts made of Eco-spun fabric, or 40
million fleece sweaters, or enough recycled-content carpet to
cover about 333,000 football fields.
Over the course of the past year,
several high profile California businesses have started recycling
programs. Some examples include Gold’s Gym in Venice, the
Hard Rock Cafe in Sacramento and the Gap headquarters in San Francisco.
Additionally, countless schools, private businesses and non-profit
groups have started beverage container recycling programs for
the first time in history.
The increase in recycling activity
is due in large part to the DOC’s new Recycling Starter
Kit that provides businesses, schools and other organizations
all the components they need to get started — including
the recycling bin. Since the launch of the program, more than
3,200 businesses and other organizations have ordered the kit
Most beverages packaged in aluminum,
glass and plastic, such as soft drinks, water, beer, sports drinks,
juices and coffee and tea drinks, are included in the CRV program.
CRV is 4 cents on containers that hold less than 24 ounces, 8
cents on containers 24 ounces or greater. Among the notable products
not included in the program are milk, wine and distilled spirits.