Questions and Answers: Tire Incentive Program (FY 2020-21)

Questions about the Tire Incentive Program grant application were accepted in writing only, no later than July 23, 2020. Similar or related questions were grouped together or reworded for clarity and responded to as one question.

The question and answer period is now closed for this grant cycle. All questions and answers are posted on this site.
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1. Can we receive a new grant if we already have an open grant(s)? How do we manage reimbursement on multiple active grants?

The Tire Incentive Program (TIP) allows all eligible products to receive an incentive. While receiving an incentive under any active TIP grant, those products may not also receive an incentive under TIP8. However, once a TIP grant closes then those products may receive an incentive under TIP8.

2. Can I receive a TIP8 grant, but not claim a specific product sale to a customer that received a Tire-Derived Product (TDP) grant for the same product? We want to ensure that our customer (TDP Grantee) is eligible to receive their TDP grant funding.

If an entity receives funding for a product under the TDP (or other CalRecycle) grant program, the TIP grantee may not claim an incentive for that specific product sale. With written Grant Manager approval, the TIP grantee may exclude a specific individual product sale from its incentive claim.


1. We currently manufacture a product by taking scrap whole tires and cutting out the tire to form a rubber stop. Is this product eligible under the Tire Incentive Program?

This process is commonly referred to as “cut and stamp.” Unfortunately, this type of process is not eligible under the TIP. The TIP reimburses grantees for the total amount of crumb rubber or devulcanzied crumb rubber sold in eligible products.

2. My company uses rubber nuggets to produce rubberized sidewalks, pathways and tree wells. Is this an eligible use?

Rubber nuggets are not eligible unless they are used in a product specifically designed for storm water management. Any other use of these products is ineligible.


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1. We receive crumb rubber from California waste tire processors and from non-California processors. We utilize both California and non-California crumb rubber in our production. Can I only claim California crumb rubber for reimbursement on my TIP8 application?

Since TIP8 provides incentives for all eligible products (rather than specifically identified products), all crumb rubber used in all eligible products must be from only California-generated waste tires processed by a California waste tire processor.

2. We are a TIP7 grantee and have a product that received an incentive under the feedstock conversion category. Would this product still qualify under the feedstock conversion category in TIP8 or now is it in the existing tire-derived product category?

Products that were previously identified in the feedstock conversion or a tire-derived product category retain their prior designation. This may be revised in future cycles.

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