SACRAMENTO (Sept. 21, 2011)—California has allocated $14.775 million for the state's Local Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13, according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
The money is earmarked for cities and counties to identify waste tire sites, conduct waste tire facility inspections, issue notices of violation, and ensure that tire dealers, auto dismantlers, tire haulers and other relevant entities comply with waste tire laws, storage standards and manifest requirements.
“The grants require local jurisdictions to assist CalRecycle in tire storage and waste tire hauler oversight,” said Terry Leveille, legislative representative for the California Tire Dealers Association. If the program is oversubscribed, CalRecycle may make modified grant awards based on a jurisdiction's population and the number of priority waste tire sites it has, Leveille said.
Recommended grant amounts are $300,000 for jurisdictions with populations of 900,000 or less; $450,000 for jurisdictions between 900,000 and 2 million; and $600,000 for jurisdictions with populations more than 2 million.
Applications for the grants—which, starting this year, must be submitted online—are due by Nov. 30. The tentative date for grant recommendations is March 2012, with the actual agreements to be executed in April and May.