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State rolls out money for reuse of tossed tires


Last updated 1/5/2019 at 10:36am

RIVERSIDE - Two municipalities in Riverside County were awarded, collectively, over a half million dollars in grants from the California Department of Resources, Recycling & Recovery to invest in programs that utilize discarded tires for transportation infrastructure projects, it was announced on Friday, Jan. 4.

CalRecycle allocated $299,500 to Beaumont and $203,180 to Eastvale as part of the agency's latest round of statewide disbursements totaling $7.75 million.

The funds are earmarked specifically for the Tire-Derived Aggregate and Rubberized Pavement programs, according to CalRecycle.

"These public works projects help keep California waste tires out of our landfills and promote local markets for recycled tire products,'' CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. "CalRecycle's grant programs turn our old tires into a resource to make our communities safer and reduce local costs for infrastructure projects.''

The Tire-Derived Aggregate Program provides a means by which to convert shredded tires into substances that can fortify freeway retaining walls, stabilize loose terrain along hillsides overlooking roads and go toward other civil engineering projects, according to state officials.

The Rubberized Pavement Program enables road crews to use ground up tire rubber as asphalt for street resurfacing and as a sealant to make short-term repairs.

In addition to the cities, CalRecycle awarded $336,300 from its Incentive Program to Moreno Valley-based Environmental Molding Concepts, which will use the funds to turn shredded tires into rubber tiles.

According to CalRecycle, the programs help prevent an estimated 48 million wasted tires collected throughout the state annually from being dumped into landfills, taking up scarce space.


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