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For Immediate Release: April 18, 2017
Release #2017-05
For more information contact:
Lance Klug

CalRecycle Awards $6.6 Million in Waste Tire Grants: Funding Approved for Waste Tire Management, Recycling Efforts

SACRAMENTO--The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $6.6 million in grants to local governments and entities to safely manage and encourage the reuse of California’s waste tires. CalRecycle estimates 42 million used and waste tires are generated in California each year.

“This money makes a real difference in communities across California, where illegally dumped or improperly stored waste tires can pose significant threats to public health and our environment,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “By supporting the safe collection, management, and reuse of this material, California continues to show how its core values of environmental protection, public safety, and economic vitality go hand-in-hand.”

Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program

CalRecycle’s Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program is designed to promote the use of recycled waste tires in place of conventional construction material for applications such as retaining wall backfill, landslide stabilization, and various landfill uses. Shredded waste tires are ideal for such uses because they are permeable and durable. CalRecycle awarded three local jurisdictions a total of $187,100 in funding for projects that include roadside drainage, storm water capture systems, and retaining wall fill.

TDA Grant Applicant Total Award
City of Ukiah $48,875
Marin County $102,492
Stanislaus County $35,733
Total $187,100

Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program

CalRecycle’s Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program ensures cities and counties have sufficient funding to enforce compliance with rules regarding waste and used tires, including safe hauling and storage. Typical expenditures include costs related to inspection of tire storage facilities and enforcement activities to prevent illegal dumping. Funds may also be used for surveillance activities, cleanup of small waste tire piles, equipment and employee training. CalRecycle awarded 38 local jurisdictions a total of $6,477,147 in funding from this non-competitive grant program, as listed below.

Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement
Grant Applicant
Total Award
Alameda County $368,472
Butte County $34,465
Calaveras County $41,647
City of Bakersfield $56,023
City of Fresno $246,601
City of Los Angeles $70,190
City of Modesto $33,616
City of San Diego $255,980
City of Victorville $69,277
Contra Costa County $155,433
El Dorado County $42,983
Fresno County $300,000
Imperial County $124,929
Kern County $152,737
Los Angeles County $600,000
Madera County $103,118
Marin County $27,370
Mendocino County $17,487
Merced County $140,774
Monterey County $71,534
Napa County $75,000
Nevada County $25,145
Orange County $560,798
Placer County $238,999
Riverside County $600,000
Sacramento County $345,398
San Bernardino County $600,000
San Joaquin County $218,465
San Luis Obispo County $55,555
San Mateo County $78,214
Santa Clara County $116,553
Solano County $150,011
Sonoma County $94,937
Stanislaus County $118,949
Tehama County $46,364
Tuolumne County $44,209
Yolo County $88,994
Yuba County $106,920
Total $6,477,147

The Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program and the Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program are funded through a recycling fee on each new tire sold in California.

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