Grants fund road repairs using recycled tires

Grants fund road repairs using recycled tires

CalRecycle awards $5.3 million to 43 California communities.


The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Sacramento, California, has approved $5,282,291 in grant funding to improve roads in 43 California communities. All projects will make use of rubberized pavement, which combines crumb rubber from recycled tires with traditional materials to create safer, longer-lasting and more cost-effective road material.

“CalRecycle’s Rubberized Pavement Grant Program is a crucial part of California’s strategy to keep waste tires out of landfills and make use of these materials right here in our state,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline says. “As more communities realize the benefits of this environmentally sustainable option for road resurfacing and repair, California will be able to close the loop within our state and turn millions of additional waste tires into a resource that keeps our people safe, reduces costs, and protects our environment for future generations.”

The legislature created the Rubberized Pavement Grant Program in 2002 to promote recycling of the roughly 44 million waste tires generated in California each year. With the help of CalRecycle’s tire recycling programs and grants, 38 million of those tires are diverted from landfills—with many being used for things like road surfacing and civil engineering projects.
Benefits of rubberized pavement made from California waste tires include:
  • In most applications, rubberized pavement can be applied at half the thickness of conventional asphalt overlays, making it cost effective. Reduced maintenance costs create further savings through the life cycle of the pavement.
  • Rubberized pavement is more crack-resistant and lasts up to 50 percent longer than traditional materials. Research has also shown rubberized pavement is more skid-resistant and absorbs more sound, reducing road noise. The material also retains its darker color for longer, ensuring road markings remain visible and vibrant. 
  • California produces approximately 44 million scrap tires annually. A 2-inch thick rubberized pavement resurfacing project uses about 2,000 waste tires per lane mile. Becasue applications are thinner, less raw material is used when applying rubberized pavement, thus requiring less mining, drilling, and energy to produce.
The maximum grant award for individual applicants in CalRecycle’s Rubberized Pavement Grant Program is $250,000. For the first time, multiple jurisdictions and joint-power authorities were able submit regional applications for the 2015/16 grant cycle and receive a maximum grant award of up to $400,000.  Grants are funded through a $1.75 fee that consumers pay when purchasing new tires in the state; $1 goes to CalRecycle’s Tire Recycling Management Fund, while the other 75 cents goes to California’s Air Resources Board. 
 Applicant Total Award
Alameda County
City of San Leandro $82,223
Butte County  
Town of Paradise $59,044
Contra Costa County  
City of Antioch $250,000
City of Concord $123,000
City of Oakley  $39,550
City of Richmond $70,300
Imperial County  
County of Imperial $24,850
Los Angeles County  
City of Agoura Hills $25,277
City of Baldwin Park $250,000
City of Calabasas $21,714
City of Commerce $237,059
City of Covina $42,550
City of Culver City $183,880
City of El Monte $138,511
City of Palos Verdes Estates $56,230
City of Pasadena $45,892
City of Pico Rivera $150,000
City of Rolling Hill Estates $83,123
City of San Dimas $190,714
City of San Fernando $97,846
City of San Marino $105,000
City of South Gate $37,500
Orange County  
City of Aliso Viejo
City of Garden Grove  $75,600
Riverside County  
City of Cathedral City $93,150
City of Jurupa Valley $103,093
City of Lake Elsinore $55,280
City of Riverside $148,000
San Bernardino County  
City of Fontana $250,000
City of Ontario
City of Rancho Cucamonga $249,998
City of Upland $86,100
San Diego County  
City of Del Mar $124,670
City of Oceanside $398,910
County of San Diego $250,000
San Joaquin County  
City of Lathrop $63,660
San Luis Obispo County  
City of Morro Bay $24,385
City of Paso Robles $69,400
Santa Clara County  
City of Cupertino $150,870
City of San Jose $250,000
Sutter County  
City of Yuba City $35,451
Ventura County  
City of Thousand Oaks $109,424
County of Ventura $114,037
Total $5,282,291