Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • Communities Receive $1.6 Million in CalRecycle Grants for Waste Tire Collection Events

    Media Contact: Christina Files
    (916) 341-6176 |

    SACRAMENTO – Money from a state-managed recycling fund will give Californians the opportunity to get rid of their old waste tires free of charge—allowing for the recycling and reuse of those tires rather than landfilling or illegal disposal.

    Every two years, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) awards waste tire amnesty grants to local jurisdictions, which then hold collection events for area residents to drop off old tires free of charge. This year, CalRecycle awarded $1.6 million to 38 cities, counties, and other jurisdictions throughout California.

    “When residents are made aware of an impending amnesty event, they are less likely to dump their tires illegally,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “These grants help local jurisdictions coordinate and prepare for successful events that divert waste tires into recycling programs.”

    The Local Government Waste Tire Amnesty Grant Program is designed to deter illegal dumping and stockpiling of waste tires, which can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Improperly managed waste tires are unsightly, become ideal breeding grounds for rodents and mosquitos, which can contribute to the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus. In 2015, California generated 44.2 million waste tires and 80.9 percent were diverted from disposal. Properly managed waste tires can be recycled into products used for various applications such as road surfacing and erosion control.

    Grant funds can be used to advertise the collection events and to collect and transport the tires. This is one of several CalRecycle programs funded from a recycling fee charged on every new tire sold in California. There is no cost to the state’s General Fund.

    The following is a complete list of jurisdictions that received funding. The maximum award amounts are $40,000 for individual city and county grants and $90,000 for regional grants.

    Applicant and Total Award

    Butte County: $30,000

    City of Ceres: $4,020

    City of Coalinga: $6,908

    City of Elk Grove: $27,094

    City of Fresno: $40,000

    City of Hesperia: $34,420

    City of Lake Elsinore: $32,620

    City of Long Beach: $39,995

    City of Los Angeles: $19,000

    City of Madera: $90,000

    City of Modesto: $25,950

    City of Pomona: $8,530

    City of Reedley: $9,568

    City of Tulare: $7,500

    El Dorado County: $89,812

    Fresno County: $40,000

    Glenn County: $84,000

    Humboldt Waste Management Authority: $88,180

    Imperial Valley  Resource Management Authority: $53,369

    Lake County: $40,000

    Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authority: $34,928

    Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority : $70,000

    Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority: $90,000

    Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District: $28,251

    Regional Waste Management Authority: $27,126

    Riverside County: $37,737

    Rural Counties ESJPA: $90,000

    Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority: $62,832

    San Bernardino County: $40,000

    San Diego County: $39,500

    San Joaquin County: $85,000

    Santa Cruz County: $21,097

    Siskiyou County: $20,000

    Stanislaus County: $53,155

    Tehama County: $44,709

    Town of Apple Valley: $34,615

    Town of Paradise: $30,000

    Yolo County: $40,000

    Total: $1,619,916

    For more information on CalRecycle’s Amnesty Tire Grant program, visit our Tire Grants webpage. For more information on waste tire recycling, visit our Tire Management webpage.

    Check out CalRecycle’s website and the department’s In the Loop blog for raw dataprogram information, and California success stories related to the state’s waste reduction, recycling, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Jun 29, 2017

  • California LEAs Awarded $1.4 Million. Wait. What’s an LEA?

    During its monthly public meeting this week, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery awarded $1,404,000 to its local enforcement agencies throughout California. These LEAs provide a crucial service to protect California’s environment and the health and safety of the people who live here.

    But what exactly is an LEA?

    California is home to nearly 1,000 active and closed solid waste facilities, including landfills, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, and compost operations. In addition to administering and providing oversight for California’s solid waste management and recycling programs, it’s CalRecycle’s job to make sure these facilities and operations meet state standards for environmental protection and public health and safety. While CalRecycle maintains its own robust enforcement and inspections staff, statute gives the department the authority to certify local enforcement agencies to act on the state’s behalf to enforce compliance with the Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939, SherChapter 1095, Statutes of 1989) and regulations related to solid waste handling and disposal.

    A local governing body (such as a board of supervisors or city council) designates an LEA, most often an environmental health department, which CalRecycle then certifies. Right now, there are 60 certified LEAs in the state. CalRecycle acts as the enforcement agency in six jurisdictions where no LEA is designated: San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus counties, as well as the cities of Berkeley and Stockton.

    Core functions include ensuring that solid waste facilities and operations meet state standards, responding to public concerns about facilities and operations, and working to correct problems as quickly as possible.

    LEAs are among the first to engage whenever an operator seeks to establish a new facility or change activities at an existing site. Operators will work with local planning departments to complete environmental reviews as required by the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 and work directly with LEAs to complete and submit a solid waste facility permit application package. After checking the materials for completeness and correctness, in consultation with CalRecycle, the LEA submits the package, and its recommendation, to the department. CalRecycle then has 60 days to concur or object to the LEA’s recommendation. Solid waste facility permits cannot be issued or changed without CalRecycle concurrence.

    LEAs are also responsible for performing routine inspections of every active, inactive, closing and closed solid waste facility and operation in their jurisdiction. The LEA submits all inspection reports to CalRecycle and carries out enforcement actions when necessary. These reports and actions, whether conducted by LEAs or CalRecycle acting in that capacity, are public records and available for view online. In addition, LEAs ensure that landfill operators submit closure and postclosure maintenance plans for review and assist with enforcement and cleanup of illegal sites.

    CalRecycle maintains regular contact and works in close partnership with the LEAs, providing technical guidance and training opportunities to ensure LEAs conduct permitting, inspection, and enforcement activities consistent with California’s waste management laws. The department periodically evaluates LEA performance to ensure they are properly carrying out their responsibilities. Funding schemes for LEAs vary by jurisdiction but can include permitting fees, inspection fees, local general funds, and state grants.

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Jun 22, 2017

  • $5 Million Available to Fight Climate Change, Feed Hungry

    Cap-and-Trade dollars fund food waste prevention and rescue projects throughout California

    Media Contact: Heather Jones
    (916) 319-9936 |

    As part of the state’s effort to combat climate change, divert organic materials from landfills and alleviate food insecurity in California, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is providing $5 million in grant funds for food waste prevention and food rescue.

    Grant awards range from $25,000 to $500,000 to accommodate small and large projects. The deadline to submit grant applications is July 18. 

    “Strengthening California’s food recovery infrastructure will help feed communities in need and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time,” said CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline. “Preventing food waste and recovering edible food is not only a way to battle hunger in our state, but to protect Californians and our natural resources from the ravaging effects of climate change.”

    Food waste comprises about 18 percent of the material disposed in California landfills, the highest amount of any material. As it decomposes, it emits methane, a short-lived climate pollutant that contributes to climate change. Much of the food waste and methane at landfills is preventable through smarter consumer planning and purchasing. Edible food can also be safely recovered and distributed to disadvantaged communities and elsewhere around the state.

    CalRecycle is currently accepting applications for the grants. Eligible entities include local governments; nonprofit organizations; private entities; state agencies; solid waste facilities; UC, CSU, and community college campuses; public school districts; and qualifying Indian Tribes. Eligible projects include those that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste normally destined for landfills and projects that result in rescued food being distributed to people in need.

    Food waste prevention and food rescue programs support the methane emissions reduction targets outlined in Senate Bill 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016):

    • SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025.
    • It also requires that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food be recovered for human consumption by 2025.

    The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that uses cap-and-trade funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment.  Related CalRecycle grant programs include organics grants for the development of composting and anaerobic digestion facilities throughout the state. Additional information is available on the CalRecycle Grants webpage.

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    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Jun 8, 2017