Recently, CalRecycle (California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) supported local governments and companies with tire recycling grants which added up to USD 6.6 million. Grants will ensure safe management, reprocessing and reuse of waste tires in many counties of California. CalRecycle’s estimates suggest that every year some 42 million scrap tires are generated in the state.

Scott Smithline, director of CalRecycle, says that these funds proves very helpful for communities throughout the state, as illegally stored scrap tires pose a threat to both environment and public health. California shows interest to environmental protection and public safety and thus it profoundly supports tire recycling programs.

CalRecycle also has a Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) grant program which aims at promoting use of recycled tires to substitute conventional construction materials. For projects in three local jurisdictions that include roadside drainage, storm water capture systems and retaining wall fill, the organization awarded funding of USD 187,100.

Grants of the TDA program were awarded to:

  • City of Ukiah, USD 48,875;
  • Marin County, USD 102,492; and
  • Stanislaus County, USD 35,733.

Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program ensures funding for cities and counties to help enforce regulations with regard to safe storage, handling and transportation of scrap tires. Typically, costs comprise tire storage inspection and other enforcement activities which serve as preemptive measures to illegal waste tire dumping. In addition, it’s possible to use funds for small tire piles cleanup, tire recycling equipment, staff training, and surveillance activities. Recently, 38 local jurisdictions in California received funding from CalRecycle added up to USD 6,477,147.

Below we list Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement award winners:

  • Alameda County, USD 368,472;
  • Butte County, USD 34,465;
  • Calaveras County, USD 41,647;
  • city of Bakersfield, USD 56,023;
  • city of Fresno, USD 246,601;
  • city of Los Angeles, USD 70,190;
  • city of Modesto, USD 33,616;
  • city of San Diego, USD 255,980;
  • city of Victorville, USD 69,277;
  • Contra Costa County, USD 155,433;
  • El Dorado County, USD 42,983;
  • Fresno County, USD 300,000;
  • Imperial County, USD 124,929;
  • Kern County, USD 152,737;
  • Los Angeles County, USD 600,000;
  • Madera County, USD 103,118;
  • Marin County, USD 27,370;
  • Mendocino County, USD 17,487;
  • Merced County, USD 140,774;
  • Monterey County—USD 71,534;
  • Napa County, USD 75,000;
  • Nevada County, USD 25,145;
  • Orange County, USD 560,798;
  • Placer County, USD 238,999;
  • Riverside County, USD 600,000;
  • Sacramento County, USD 345,398;
  • San Bernardino County, USD 600,000;
  • San Joaquin County, USD 218,465;
  • San Luis Obispo County—USD 55,555;
  • San Mateo County, USD 78,214;
  • Santa Clara County, USD 116,553;
  • Solano County, USD 150,011;
  • Sonoma County, USD 94,937;
  • Stanislaus County, USD 118,949;
  • Tehama County, USD 46,364;
  • Tuolumne County, USD 44,209;
  • Yolo County, USD 88,994; and
  • Yuba County, USD 106,920

Funds of CalRecycle awarded to the local governments and other entities accrue through a recycling fee on each new tire sold in California.

Article source: Waste Today Magazine