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Infrastructure Investments Add Jobs, Reduce Waste and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery approved $5.3 million in loans to two California companies to create new jobs, increase recycling infrastructure, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California. The financing will help Peninsula Plastics Recycling, Inc. of Turlock (Stanislaus County) and U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc. of Grand Terrace (San Bernardino County) expand their workforce while making use of an additional 17,300 tons of California-generated waste tires and plastic each year.
“These local investments benefit all Californians by transforming a potential waste stream into a supply stream for our businesses, creating jobs, protecting our planet, and reducing our dependence on unstable foreign markets,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “In addition to conserving oil and other natural resources, manufacturing products from recycled materials requires less energy and results in fewer GHG emissions than making products from virgin materials.”
CalRecycle Support Available for California Recycling Businesses
CalRecycle provides financial and technical assistance to help reuse- and recycling-based businesses develop and prosper in California.
Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Jan 28, 2019
- CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Through direct low-interest loans, CalRecycle financing helps California businesses expand capacity or establish new facilities that manufacture organics, fiber, plastic, or glass waste materials into new products.
- CalRecycle’s Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program combines recycling with state and local economic development incentives to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, and create additional markets for recycled-content products. The RMDZ program provides loans, technical assistance, and product marketing to recycling businesses located within one of the state’s 40 designated recycling market development zones.
CalRecycle’s greenhouse gas reduction grant and loan programs put Cap-and-Trade dollars to work for California by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening our economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
Since 2014, CalRecycle has received $105 million from Cap-and-Trade funding. So far, funds have been funneled into three grant categories:
- Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program—$9.38 million
- Organics Grant Program—$72 million
- Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program—$14 million
You can read more about specific grant recipients and their efforts to help expand California’s recycling infrastructure in the “Putting Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Work for California” booklet.
CalRecycle receives Cap-and-Trade funds to help California meet two statewide objectives:
- Reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills by 75 percent by 2020 (AB 341)
- Reduce the amount of organic material going to landfills by 75 percent by 2025 and recover at least 20 percent of disposed edible food by 2025 (SB 1383)
California will need to move about 20 million tons a year out of the disposal stream to meet these goals. Regarding 75 percent organics recycling – a statewide mandate – CalRecycle estimates that roughly 50 to 100 new and expanded organics recycling facilities, at a cost of approximately $2 billion to $3 billion in capital investment, are needed to handle this amount of material.
CalRecycle-funded organics recycling and digestion projects expand existing capacity or establish new facilities to reduce the amount of California-generated green materials and/or alternative daily cover sent to landfills. Landfilling of organics generates methane, a GHG about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20 year horizon.
Food Waste Prevention and Rescue projects (often run by food banks and food pantries) keep edible food out of landfills by reducing the amount of food waste that is generated or rescuing edible food from the waste stream.
Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass projects build or expand infrastructure for manufacturing products with recycled fiber (paper, textiles, carpet, or wood), plastic, or glass.
Together, these programs are expanding the necessary infrastructure for California to manage our waste responsibly. As an added bonus, they also happen to be among the most cost-effective GHG grant programs in the state!Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Oct 8, 2018
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is set to move forward with eligibility and scoring criteria changes to enhance the department’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. Proposed changes would expand the potential pool of applicants and stress the importance of job creation, training, and public outreach and education within California’s disadvantaged communities.
The requested adjustments to eligibility, scoring criteria, and evaluation for the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program come ahead of a new FY 2018-19 grant cycle in which $5.7 million has been allocated to the California Climate Investments program. Earlier this year, CalRecycle announced the first award recipients for its new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. As part of California’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million to 31 projects throughout the state that:
- Decrease the estimated 6 million tons of food waste landfilled in California each year, and
- Increase the state’s capacity to collect, transport, store, and distribute more food for the roughly 1 in 8 Californians who are food-insecure.
When sent to landfills, food and other organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a heat-trapping effect at least 86 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year span.
CalRecycle’s upcoming public meeting will also feature new information about payment rates in California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program and important updates about the state’s mattress and paint stewardship programs.
CalRecycle September 2018 Public Meeting
10 a.m. Tuesday, September 18
Coastal Hearing Room, CalEPA Building
1001 I St., Sacramento, CAPosted on In the Loop on Sep 14, 2018