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

  • Five CalRecycle Webpages You Should Know About

    CalRecycle’s website has more than 3,000 webpages to educate consumers, government entities, and business owners about responsible waste management and recycling. Chances are you come to our website looking for something specific, like where to recycle certain items or information about a newly implemented recycling law. Here is a list of other useful CalRecycle webpages.

    Recycling Starter Kits

    Did you know CalRecycle will send you a free starter kit? Whether you’re a schoolteacher or a private business owner, we will send you a complimentary black bin to collect California Refund Value (CRV) beverage containers.

    Green Building

    CalRecycle features an entire section of webpages dedicated to educating visitors about green building principles. Browse through case studies that describe how businesses have incorporated these into their building management plans. You can search the case studies by category, making it easy for homeowners, retail business owners, school facility managers, and large venue managers to find helpful information about sustainable buildings.

    Wastes Banned from the Trash

    Certain things just shouldn’t be tossed out carelessly. In fact, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground? Chemicals in hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air and water, and possibly the food we eat. Learn how to manage light bulbs, batteries, electronic devices, paint, and used oil in a responsible way.

    Backyard Composting DIY

    The best way to recycle your food waste is to compost it. If you have a curbside organics collection service that allows food waste, you can toss in those onion peels and apple cores. If not, you can start your own backyard composting bin. Compost adds nutrients to soil that benefit plants, and it increases soil’s water retention capacity, which is especially helpful during drought seasons. This webpage includes a recipe for compost, troubleshooting tips, and a guide to building your own composting bin.

    Waste Reduction

    Recycling is great, but preventing waste from being generated is even better. Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how to reduce waste at home, at work, at school, and at special events. You can even find case studies that feature efforts to reduce and divert waste at events and sites throughout the state.

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Nov 1, 2018

  • California Counties Find New Use for Old Tires

    CalRecycle Funds Local Projects that Utilize 666,000 Recycled Waste Tires

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) recently awarded $410,364 in grants for civil engineering projects in four counties that will use recycled California waste tires in place of conventional construction materials. California generates an estimated 42 million waste tires each year. CalRecycle’s Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program promotes the recycling and reuse of California-generated waste tires to keep them out of landfills or illegal dumpsites.

    “The use of TDA in civil engineering projects is a win for California’s environment and its economy,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Rather than landfill these tires or create stockpiles that can lead to fires and other public health threats, California is making use of a recycled material that has proven to perform well for these types of projects.”

    Tire-derived aggregate is a low-cost, lightweight, and fast-draining product suitable for use in civil engineering applications such as retaining wall backfill, landslide stabilization, and various beneficial uses at landfills (video). The following projects received funding for the third and final TDA grant solicitation of fiscal year 2017-18.

    • Sacramento County: $77,220. Use 3,960 tons of tire-derived aggregate to construct roadways and trenches at the county’s Kiefer Landfill. Project will use approximately 396,000 waste tires. 
    • Santa Barbara County: $158,241. Use 935 tons of tire-derived aggregate for retaining wall repair of  the Ortega Ridge roadway in Summerland. Project will use approximately 93,500 waste tires.
    • Tuolumne County: $120,082. Use 811 tons of tire-derived aggregate for landslide repair project on Italian Bar and Buchanan roads. Project will use approximately 81,100 waste tires. 
    • Riverside County: $54,821. Use 2,735 tons of tire-derived aggregate to construct trenches at 32 sites within the Badlands Landfill in Moreno Valley and Lamb Canyon Landfill in Beaumont. Project will use approximately 95,400 waste tires. 
    • Total: $410,364. Projects will use approximately 666,000waste tires.

    The following projects are recommend for awards should additional funds become available.

    • Riverside County: $102,384. Funding to complete landfill projects described above. Project will use another 178,100 waste tires, approximately.
    • Merced Coounty Regional Waste Management Authority. $106,982. Use 1,463 tons of tire-derived aggregate to construct trenches at the  Highway 59 Landfill. Project will use approximately 146,300 waste tires.
    • Total: $209,366. Projects will use approximately 324,400 waste tires.

    Eligible projects must be located in California and use at least 500 tons (equivalent of 50,000 passenger tires) of California-generated waste tires. Subscribe to CalRecycle’s TDA Grant Program listservfor notifications about funding availability, applicant and project eligibility, and application due dates.

    CalRecycle’s Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program is funded through a fee on new tires sold in California

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Apr 5, 2018

  • 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