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 | Christina.Files@calrecycle.ca.gov
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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

  • Enjoy a Day at the Coast

    Did you know Saturday is Coastal Cleanup Day?

    This is a great opportunity to spend the day outside with friends and family while doing something to help the planet. And who doesn’t love a day at the coast?

    Check the California Coastal Commission’s map for a cleanup site near you. You’ll also find information on the history of Coastal Cleanup Day, tips for educators and youth groups, and tips on what to bring with you for the cleanup.

    You can also download Clean Swell, the Ocean Conservancy’s app to collect data on what you find.

    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Sep 15, 2016

  • Cleaning Streets, Winning Hearts

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    If you were a 6-year-old boy and you got to call the shots for the day, what would you do?

    Sacramento’s newest hero, Ethan, got his very own garbage truck, hard hat, and cape on Tuesday and instantly became the city’s most celebrated garbage man.

    Thanks to some behind-the-scenes wizardry by Make-A-Wish, Ethan rode around Sacramento in “Ethan’s Garbage Truck,” escorted by police with flashing lights, as smitten grown-ups lined the streets to cheer him on. 

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    He made a stop at the CalEPA building, partly to shake hands with department directors and city leaders, partly to learn about recycling and clean air and water, but mostly to push the buttons on some big, loud machines that move recyclable materials from a pretty big container to a really big container. 

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    Oh, and to give Recycle Rex a hug.

    You go, Ethan. Thanks for making us all feel like kids again!

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    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Jul 28, 2016