California Closes the Loop on 1.8 Million Waste Tires

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: October 18, 2019
News Release #2019-18
Media Contact: Lance Klug

CalRecycle Grants Help Turn Old Tires into New Products

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery awarded seven California companies $2.2 million in grant funding to transform 1.8 million recycled waste tires into beneficial new products like tiles, shingles, and traffic cones.

“California is proud to provide grant opportunities for businesses that invest in the sustainability of our communities and our planet,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “CalRecycle’s Tire Incentive Program helps transform more of California’s waste into a resource for local businesses while supporting markets for recycled content products.”

CalRecycle’s Tire Incentive Program reimburses California businesses based on sales of products that use rubber from recycled waste tires, creating financial incentives for manufacturers to competitively price and market their recycled-content products.

California manages more than 48 million waste tires each year. Based on sales projections, the following grant recipients will prevent the landfilling of more than 21.4 million pounds of California-generated crumb rubber (roughly 1.8 million waste tires) over the next two years.

California Closes the Loop on 1.8 Million Waste Tires

RecipientCountyProductTotal Award
Bent Manufacturing Company BDAA Inc.OrangeTraffic device bases$70,132
Environmental Molding Concepts LLCRiversideTiles$161,750
Herbert Malarkey Roofing Company, dba Malarkey Roofing ProductsLos AngelesRoofing shingles$500,000
Mission Rubber Company LLCRiversideAir intake hoses$128,000
Three D Plastics, Inc.Los AngelesTraffic device bases$329,259
TrafFix Devices, Inc.OrangeTraffic device bases$500,000
U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc.San BernardinoSports floor surfacing$500,000
Total  $2,189,141

Subscribe to CalRecycle’s Tire Incentive Program listserv for notifications about funding availability, applicant and project eligibility, and application due dates. CalRecycle administers multiple tire-related grant programs to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. Programs are funded through a fee on new tires sold in CaliforniaPDF download.

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