Road to Retail: Businesses Find New Use for 1.7 Million Waste Tires

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: January 4, 2019
News Release #2019-02
Media Contact: Lance Klug

CalRecycle Incentive Program Helps California Businesses Close the Loop

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has approved nearly $2.9 million in grant funding to nine companies that use California waste tires to make new products. Grants awarded through CalRecycle’s Tire Incentive Program reimburse businesses based on products sold, creating financial incentives for manufacturers to more competitively price and market their recycled content products.

“Using recycled materials to make new products isn’t always the cheapest option up front, but the long-term benefits to the environment and human health make investments like these a bargain for California,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “These investments support the recycling infrastructure and markets we need to close the loop in California and transform our waste stream into a supply stream.”

California manages more than 48 million waste tires each year. Based on sales projections, the following grant recipients will prevent the landfill disposal of more than 20.6 million pounds of California-generated crumb rubber (the equivalent of roughly 1.7 million waste tires) over the next two years.

Recipient County Product Total Award
Environmental Molding Concepts LLC Riverside Rubber tiles $336,300
Herbert Malarkey Roofing Company Los Angeles Shingles $500,000
MBTechnology Fresno Roofing membrane $111,552
Millennium Molding, Inc. San Bernardino Tiles, other $100,000
Three D Plastics, Inc. Los Angeles Traffic device bases, cones $350,000
TrafFix Devices, Inc. Orange Delineator cone bases $500,000
U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc. San Bernardino Sports floor surfacing, other $500,000
United Sports Surfacing of America, Inc. Orange Sidewalk repair, rooftop, other $300,000
Van Duerr Industries, Inc. (dba SafePath Products Inc.) Butte Wheelchair ramps, slip-resistant flooring and other ADA transitions products $200,000
  Total $2,897,852

Subscribe to CalRecycle’s Tire Incentive Program listserv for notifications about funding availability, applicant and project eligibility, and application due dates. CalRecycle administers multiple tire-related grant programs to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. Programs are funded through a fee on new tires sold in CaliforniaPDF download.

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