California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Tire Management

Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants

CalRecycle's tire grant programs are designed to encourage activities that promote reducing the number of waste tires going to landfills for disposal and eliminating the stockpiling of waste tires. Activities include tire pile cleanup and enforcement, market development, and demonstration projects. Revenue for the grants is generated from a tire fee on each new tire sold in California.

CalRecycle determines grant program criteria and applicant eligibility. Prior programs have focused on research, business assistance, market development, product procurement, amnesty events, tire pile cleanup, and enforcement. Eligible applicants have included individuals, businesses, local governments, universities, school districts, park districts, and qualified California Indian tribes.

The following grant programs have been offered, though not all are accepting applications at this time. Follow the links to learn more about a particular grant program.

  • Local Government Waste Tire Cleanup Grants
    This grant program provides funding to local governments for the cost of collection, removal, transportation, recycling and disposal of California waste tires from illegal tire piles and areas where illegal dumping has occurred along public rights-of-way.
  • Local Government Waste Tire Amnesty Grants
    This grant program provides funding to local governments to hold date specific events for the public to recycle their waste tires at convenient locations.
  • Rubberized Pavement (TRP) Grant Program
    The Rubberized Pavement Grant Program, formerly called the Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Grant Program, provides assistance to local governments to fund rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) projects including hot mix and chip seal.
  • Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grants
    This grant program provides assistance to local governments utilizing tire-derived aggregate as an alternative to conventional lightweight aggregates in civil engineering projects.
  • Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grants
    This grant program provides funding to certain entities for tire-derived products made from 100 percent California generated waste tires. Projects generally fall into one of three categories: agricultural/landscape, recreational, or transportation.
  • Tire-Derived Product Business Assistance Grants Program
    This program is designed to increase demand for tire-derived products by building the capacity and improving cost efficiencies of tire-derived product businesses. Eligible businesses may apply for assistance to (1) evaluate and improve their business plan and operations, (2) enhance marketing efforts, and (3) test and certify new products.
  • Tire Incentive Program
    This grant program provides funding to eligible businesses to use crumb rubber in eligible products or substitute crumb rubber for virgin rubber, plastic, or other raw materials in products. The program’s goal is to increase demand for crumb rubber and promote higher value products. Applications for the Tire Incentive Program, fiscal year 2013/14 are due April 28, 2014.
  • Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grants
    This grant program provides funding to local agencies in California for waste tire enforcement activities.

For more information about the Tire Grant Programs, please contact us at the phone number or email address listed below. For information on other CalRecycle grant programs, see the Grants and Loans home page.

Last updated: April 1, 2014
Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Tires/Grants/
Contact: (916) 341-5062 Grants@calrecycle.ca.gov