CalRecycle Awards $6.6 Million in Waste Tire Grants

Posted at 2:38 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 17:38:13-04

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $6.6 million in grants to local governments and entities to safely manage and encourage the reuse of California’s waste tires. CalRecycle estimates 42 million used and waste tires are generated in California each year.


“This money makes a real difference in communities across California, where illegally dumped or improperly stored waste tires can pose significant threats to public health and our environment,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “By supporting the safe collection, management, and reuse of this material, California continues to show how its core values of environmental protection, public safety, and economic vitality go hand-in-hand.”

Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program

CalRecycle’s Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program is designed to promote the use of recycled waste tires in place of conventional construction material for applications such as retaining wall backfill, landslide stabilization, and various landfill uses. Shredded waste tires are ideal for such uses because they are permeable and durable. CalRecycle awarded three local jurisdictions a total of $187,100 in funding for projects that include roadside drainage, storm water capture systems, and retaining wall fill.

TDA Grant Applicant

Total Award

City of Ukiah


Marin County


Stanislaus County




Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program

CalRecycle’s Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program ensures cities and counties have sufficient funding to enforce compliance with rules regarding waste and used tires, including safe hauling and storage. Typical expenditures include costs related to inspection of tire storage facilities and enforcement activities to prevent illegal dumping. Funds may also be used for surveillance activities, cleanup of small waste tire piles, equipment and employee training. CalRecycle awarded 38 local jurisdictions a total of $6,477,147 in funding from this non-competitive grant program, as listed below.


Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Applicant

Total Award

Alameda County


Butte County


Calaveras County


City of Bakersfield


City of Fresno


City of Los Angeles


City of Modesto


City of San Diego


City of Victorville


Contra Costa County


El Dorado County


Fresno County


Imperial County


Kern County


Los Angeles County


Madera County


Marin County


Mendocino County


Merced County


Monterey County


Napa County


Nevada County


Orange County


Placer County


Riverside County


Sacramento County


San Bernardino County


San Joaquin County


San Luis Obispo County


San Mateo County


Santa Clara County


Solano County


Sonoma County


Stanislaus County


Tehama County


Tuolumne County


Yolo County


Yuba County





The Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program and the Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program are funded through a recycling fee on each new tire sold in California.