- Earlier this year, the State of California’s recycling rate fell below 50 percent. And now, a recent study conducted by CalRecycle reveals that California residents sent more material to landfill than the previous year, causing the state’s recycling rate to drop.
According to CalRecycle, the State of California disposed of 33.2 million tons of material in 2015 and about 40 percent of the increased disposal was organic material, such as food waste and yard waste.
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California's overall recycling rate dropped last year, and on the local level results for diversion were mixed.
Numbers provided by CalRecycle showed that as the state's economy improved in 2015, Californians sent more material to landfills than the previous year, with the disposal increase accompanied by a drop in the statewide recycling rate.
Disposal rates generally increase during economic upturn, said CalRecycle, nothing that California’s statewide diversion rate of 63 percent – the proportion of waste that is diverted from landfills – continues to outpace the 50 percent diversion mandate set in law for local jurisdictions.