2019 Press Releases




CalRecycle Funds Cleanup of Illegal Dumpsites

SACRAMENTO—California communities can restore forty illegal dumpsites into productive agricultural properties thanks to $299,814 in funds from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The department’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program will support counties’ and resource conservation districts’ efforts to clean up agricultural sites overrun with unlawfully discarded appliances, furniture, scrap metal, tires, vehicle parts, and more.

E-Waste Handler Busted for Recycling Fraud

SACRAMENTO–An Orange County-based electronic waste handler owes up to $154,836 in restitution to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) following a multi-year recycling fraud investigation.

10 Arrested in Multi-State Recycling Fraud Schemes

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is announcing the arrests of 10 suspects accused of smuggling out-of-state beverage containers into California to defraud the state’s California Redemption Value fund. The recycling fraud schemes include an alleged three-year criminal enterprise involving the mass shipment of empty beverage containers from Las Vegas to 12 Los Angeles-area recycling centers.

First-of-Its-Kind Roadway Project Utilizes 81,000 Recycled Tires

SACRAMENTO – With the help of a California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery grant, Santa Barbara County just completed a road stabilization project using 81,000 recycled tires. Tire-derived aggregate, made from 810 tons of California waste tires, was used to backfill a retaining wall composed of large, rock-filled welded wire baskets (called gabions) to replace failed soil and provide lateral support to the reconstructed embankment. This is the first infrastructure project in California to use TDA material in this type of application.

Camp Fire Debris Cleanup Running Ahead of Schedule

SACRAMENTO–In a significant milestone in the recovery and rebuilding of the Town of Paradise and Butte County following last year’s devastating wildfire, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced that crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) have completed the removal of more than 75 percent of the structural debris on the 10,732 properties participating in the state-managed Camp Fire Consolidated Debris Removal Program.

Wildfire Debris Nearly Cleared in Southern California Cleanup Mission

SACRAMENTO – Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery are nearing completion of wildfire debris removal from properties destroyed in the Woolsey and Hill fires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Workers cleared more than 419,000 tons – or 838 million pounds – of ash, debris, metal, concrete, and contaminated soil from 920 properties as part of California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program.

Crews Accelerate Progress in Unprecedented Wildfire Cleanups

SACRAMENTO–Dry weather is enabling debris removal crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to accelerate the cleanup of homes and businesses destroyed by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires. Almost 200 crews, consisting of three to five workers each, are now removing wildfire ash, debris, concrete, metal, and contaminated soil from properties in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties in which homeowners are participating in the state-managed debris removal program.

Local Projects Prevent 93 Million Pounds of Food Waste

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $11 million in grants to 36 local projects that prevent waste, reduce pollution, and combat climate change by getting good food to Californians who need it.

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