Over $11 million in grants issued by CalRecycle to help fund tire recycling
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) based out of Sacramento, has issued grants totalling nearly $11.1 million to 31 communities and nine businesses to fund projects to reuse and recycle waste tires. CalRecycle announced the grants January 4 under its Tire Incentive Program and its Rubberized Pavement and Tire-Derived Aggregate grant programs.
Incentive program grants reimburse recycling businesses based on products sold, creating financial incentives for manufacturers to competitively price and market their recycled content products, according to CalRecycle.
"Using recycled materials to make new products isn't always the cheapest option up front, but the long-term benefits to the environment and human health make investments like these a bargain for California," CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said.
The companies that received grants for their products are:
Environmental Molding Concepts L.L.C., Riverside, rubber tiles, $336,000.
Herbert Malarkey Roofing Co., Los Angeles, shingles, $500,000.
MB Technology, Fresno, roofing membranes, $111,352.
Millennium Molding Inc., San Bernardino, tiles and other products, $100,000.
Three D Plastics Inc., Los Angeles, traffic device bases and cones, $350,000.
Traffic Devices Inc., Orange, delineator cone bases, $500,000.
U.S. Rubber Recycling Inc., San Bernardino, sports floor surfacing and other products, $500,000.
United Sports Surfacing of America Inc., Orange, sidewalk repair, rooftop repair and other products, $300,000.
Van Duerr Industries Inc. (d.b.a. SafePath Products Inc.), Butte, wheelchair ramps, slip-resistant flooring and other Americans with Disabilities Act transition products, $200,000.
Thirty California communities also received Rubberized Pavement Grant Program awards ranging from $34,845 to $350,000 for pavement projects involving rubberized asphalt concrete, which blends ground tire rubber with asphalt binder, as well as rubberized chip seal, in which rubberized asphalt binder is applied to existing pavement.
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