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

  • CalRecycle Funding Helps Businesses Keep Tires out of Landfills

    SACRAMENTO – Three businesses that specialize in products made from recycled tires will receive grants totaling more than $1.2 million to expand their markets and keep more of the material out of California landfills.

    The Tire Incentive Program, managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), is a competitive pilot program created to expand commercial demand for products derived from recycled tires. TIP grants are awarded to eligible manufacturers to competitively price and market their products with the goal of increasing their market share.

    “When we make products out of recycled tires rather than new material, we’re not only keeping tires out of the landfill, we’re also using less energy to create those products than we would need to use to extract virgin material,” said CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline. “These innovative products are all tested for quality, and they don’t hit the market until they’re at least as high-quality as similar products made from traditional material.”

    Applicant and Award Amount

    United Sports  Surfacing of America, Inc.: $294,118

    U.S. Rubber  Recycling, Inc.: $498,116

    Van Duerr  Industries Inc., dba SafePath Products, Inc.: $450,355

    Total: $1,242,589

    Chico-based Van Duerr Industries Inc., doing business as SafePath Products, Inc., plans to use the grant to expand its own rubber molding capacity. The company uses recycled tires to make wheelchair ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to obtaining the grant, the two molding companies that currently manufacture products for SafePath were concerned about being able to meet future demand.

    United Sports Surfacing of America, Inc., based in Orange County, makes rubberized sidewalks, running tracks, playground surfaces, and other products. The company plans to switch its material from out-of-state rubber to recycled tires from California. It is also testing new products made from recycled tires to compete in the market against the same products currently made from virgin material.

    U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc., in San Bernardino County recycles waste tires by using them to make commercial flooring, sound-dampening underlayment for floors, and anti-skid packing material. The company now plans to add sales staff members to increase its marketing and expand its market line.

    About 44 million waste tires are generated in California each year. CalRecycle’s tire program has resulted in the diversion of about 36 million of those tires from landfills each year. The program is funded by a $1.75 tire recycling fee on each new tire sold in California. CalRecycle receives $1 of each $1.75 fee; the remainder is used for tire-related air emission programs. For more information, see CalRecycle’s Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants webpage.

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Nov 3, 2016

  • CalRecycle Funds Roadway Repairs with Recycled Tires in Aftermath of Wildfires

    SACRAMENTO–Roadways damaged by wildfire suppression and recovery efforts in two California counties are being repaired with paving material made from recycled tires.

    In both Lake County and Calaveras County, roads were damaged by heavy trucks and other equipment as the fires were fought and during the cleanup process afterward. Potholes were filled as part of the debris cleanup process. However, in some areas, roads remained in poor condition. CalRecycle offered to provide further roadway repair through its Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) grant program.

    RAC is made by mixing ground-up used tires with asphalt and other materials. It is then applied, generally as a two-inch “overlay,” to existing roadways that have been graded and prepared for the application. It has proven to be a durable, safe, and quiet surface and has been used successfully on roads throughout California.

    “There are so many infrastructure repairs that have to be organized and executed after a devastating wildfire,” said CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline. “Rubberized asphalt concrete keeps waste tires out of landfills and is an excellent road surfacing material for projects like these.”

    In Lake County, 170,063 acres burned in the Valley, Jerusalem, and Rocky Fires last year. This month, nearly 1.8 miles of Gifford Springs Road will be prepared—which includes cleaning, grading, asphalt removal, road base placement, and compaction—and then a RAC overlay will be placed. The project is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

    Roadways suffered similar damage in the 70,868-acre Butte Fire in Calaveras County. In August, a smaller RAC repair project was completed that involved about six-tenths of a mile of private roads there.

    Each project cost $500,000 and was paid for from CalRecycle’s Tire Recycling Management Fund. More road surface will be repaired in the Lake County project because county workers there will complete all of the road preparation activities, with county funds, before the RAC is applied. Since the Calaveras County project involved private roads, rather than county roads, the $500,000 included both road preparation and the RAC overlay, all of which were conducted by CalRecycle’s contractor.

    A two-inch RAC overlay uses about 2,000 scrap tires per lane mile. To date, California has used more than 10 million waste tires in RAC paving projects, diverting them from landfills or illegal disposal. Illegally stockpiled or dumped waste tires provide breeding habitats for disease-carrying mosquitos and other vectors.

    See CalRecycle’s Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) webpage for more details, including information on technical assistance and grant funding.


    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Oct 31, 2016

  • Walking the Walk for the Environment


    Janet E. Gardner, left, and Ossama “Sam” Abu-Shaban, right

    Here at CalRecycle, we like to honor the folks at home who separate their garbage from their recyclables, and the folks in the trucks and at the recycling facilities and at the landfills who make sure materials end up in the safest, most productive place at the end of their useful life. 

    Today, we’d also like to honor two people who help local agencies carry out the work of CalRecycle, since we can’t be everywhere at once to make sure we’re fulfilling our mission of protecting human health and the environment. Without people working with local enforcement agencies (LEAs), we couldn’t ensure proper facility permitting, site inspections, and enforcement of waste management laws in every little corner of the state.

    This year, Ossama “Sam” Abu-Shaban of Orange County and Janet E. Gardner of Fresno County received CalRecycle’s Ralph Hunter Award, which was established 12 years ago in memory of Napa County Environmental Health Director Ralph Hunter. Generally there is only one recipient, but we just couldn’t go without recognizing both of these environmental heroes!

    In Orange County, civil engineer Abu-Shaban has long been involved in landfill gas monitoring and control projects to protect communities that have been developed on or near closed landfills. Thanks to him, buildings including condominiums and a structure with office space and a daycare center have had continuous gas monitoring systems installed to ensure people’s safety.

    Gardner, an environmental health specialist, has long been involved in her Fresno County community, educating schoolchildren about environmental issues and leading cleanup projects such as the removal of illegally dumped waste tires from the San Joaquin River. She also trains new state and local inspectors through CalEPA’s Basic Inspector Academy.

    Thank you, Sam and Janet, for everything you do for Californians and our environment!

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Sep 22, 2016