California Events

We're pleased to share news, grants, educational events and opportunities offered by our Technical Councils and industry partners:


Notice of Funds Available: Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program (2019-20)

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities for California local government and recycling center operators to improve redemption opportunities for eligible beverage containers and increase recycling rates in unserved convenience zones statewide.
Applications to be submitted through January 1, 2022. 


Request for Proposals: Recycled Materials Market Development

MRC is searching for creative and innovative proposals to develop hard-to-recycle mattress components in new or reformulated applications and/or products.
This is an open-ended request for proposals. Therefore, prospective researchers are free to submit preproposal applications any time during the 2020 calendar year. If the project is selected to move beyond
the pre-proposal phase, research teams will be asked to submit a full proposal within 6 weeks after
notification. All projects must be completed within one year of research contract execution.
Learn more on their website.


California Drug Take-back Program

The California Drug Take-Back Program is funded by California Department of Health Care Services' MAT Expansion Project and developed and administered in partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council.  The program's goal is to increase the disposal of unwanted medicines across the state of California. Collection bins will be placed throughout the state for the express purpose of disposing unwanted medicines.  This program will expand options for the public to safely discard unwanted medicines with a statewide network of take-back receptacles (bins).

Applications are now being accepted for free bins with paid disposal through August 2020. The program also includes professional installation of the bin in your facility.  The bins can remain on the property of the host location beyond the duration of the grant. Pharmacies, hospitals, and law enforcement departments interested in participating in this program and receiving a free bin may complete the application here.

Bins can accept both controlled and non-controlled medications for people and pets. They will be placed across California at Drug Enforcement Agency-approved locations, including California-licensed pharmacies, hospitals with pharmacies, and law enforcement departments. Grant funds will cover the cost of the drug take-back bins, professional installation of the bins, disposal services through August 2020, technical assistance, and promotion of the bin location throughout the duration of the project.