California's Beverage Container Recycling Rate May Be Dropping, And The Problem Could Get Worse Moving Forward


For almost 10 years, Californians recycled 80% or more of the beverage containers they consumed. This included millions of plastic, aluminum, and glass containers. Californians continue to recycle a majority of the containers they buy within the state, but an alarming trend is starting to form. In 2016, overall recycling rates for beverage containers dropped a couple percentage points below 80%.

A Slightly Sagging Recycling Rate Doesn't Tell The Whole Story