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For Immediate Release: June 20, 2013
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Media Contact: Heather Jones

SACRAMENTO—Fifty-nine cities, counties, and other local jurisdictions will receive a total of almost $5.5 million to improve playgrounds, sports fields, and other public areas with products made from recycled tires.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) issues tire-derived product grants to support the recycling and reuse of waste tires. Each project must divert a minimum of 2,500 California tires. Common applications include playground cover, landscape mulch, athletic track and field surfaces, pathways, accessibility ramps, and agricultural stall mats.

“Tire-derived products are low-maintenance and cost-effective,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “These grants help jurisdictions maintain and upgrade their facilities while keeping more than 100,000 tires out of landfills.”

Here are some examples of how jurisdictions will use their tire-derived product (TDP) grant funding:

CalRecycle provides grants up to $500,000 to help public

  • The city of San Pablo, which is constructing a new public park, will use TDP as crumb-rubber infill for artificial-surface sports fields.
  • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo will purchase rubber mats for two 40-stall horse barns and for cattle at its Beef Center Complex. The university will also buy rubber chips for cushioning material at its ROTC multi-station exercise facility, which includes a 20-foot rope climb.
  • The Stanislaus Union School District is upgrading two playgrounds at an elementary school that serves 465 students. Sand will be removed and replaced with TDP to provide a safer and more sanitary environment.
  • The Orange County Sanitation District will use rubber mulch for landscaped areas at its facilities, thereby reducing the amount of water needed for landscape irrigation.

In 2011, Californians generated 40.8 million waste tires, and 88 percent were diverted from disposal. CalRecycle supports various recycling and reuse programs – such as rubberized asphalt concrete and chip seal for resurfacing roads – to promote a strong in-state market for this valuable resource.

The Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant Program is one of several CalRecycle programs that are funded through CalRecycle’s Tire Recycling Management Fund from a recycling fee charged on every new tire sold in California. The grant funding can only be applied to material costs rather than labor, equipment, or other expenses. There is no cost to the state’s General Fund.

The following is a complete list of jurisdictions that received funding:

"Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant Program Award Recipients"
ApplicantTotal Award
Alameda County
Castro Valley Unified School District$149,825
San Leandro Unified School District$150,000
Butte County
Oroville City Elementary School District$149,941
Oroville Union High School District$109,001
Palermo Union School District$127,799
Paradise Recreation and Park District$22,414
Colusa County
Maxwell Unified School District$65,413
Contra Costa County
City of San Pablo$125,064
Fresno County
City of Coalinga$68,178
City of Fowler$22,750
City of Kerman$25,538
Mendota Unified School District$97,193
Parlier Unified School District$149,988
Humboldt County
Yurok Indian Housing Authority$$31,310
Imperial County
Calexico Unified School District$149,288
Kern County
Bear Mountain Recreation and Park District$51,349
Elk Hills School District$58,456
Maricopa Unified School District$58,625
Kings County
Armona Union Elementary School District$49,000
Reef-Sunset Unified School District$21,630
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County$22,500
ABC Unified School District$147,942
City of Glendora$149,700
City of Westlake Village$150,000
Garvey School District$46,375
Mendocino County
Ukiah Unified School District$20,545
Merced County
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified School District$149,969
Modoc County
Modoc County Office of Education$125,392
Monterey County
Chualar Union School District$29,778
Orange County
Orange County Sanitation District$21,875
Riverside County
City of Coachella$55,569
City of Menifee$13,875
Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District$46,375
Palm Springs Unified School District$149,998
Sacramento County
Arcade Creek Recreation and Park District$148,766
Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District$137,705
North Highlands Recreation and Park District$29,725
San Benito County
City of Hollister$149,997
Hollister School District$149,825
San Diego County
City of Chula Vista$37,035
San Joaquin County
Lodi Unified School District$45,056
Ripon Unified School District$150,000
San Luis Obispo County
California Polytechnic State University$53,320
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County$149,991
Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz City School District$140,000
Shasta County
City of Redding$149,989
Siskiyou County
Scott Valley Unified School District $149,837
Solano County
Solano County$62,680
Sonoma County
Sonoma County$149,570
Wilmar Union School District$92,222
City of Cloverdale$10,220
Stanislaus County
Stanislaus Union School District$76,326
Sutter County
Nuestro Elementary School District$71,030
Tehama County
30th District Agricultural Association$54,993
City of Corning$149,983
Tulare County
Central Union School District$149,805
Terra Bella Union Elementary School District $65,952
Tulare Joint Union High School District$149,988
Ventura County
Fillmore Unified School District$149,880

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