SACRAMENTO (Feb. 23, 2012)—Mendocino County and Sacramento County received more than $600,000 total in the Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program offered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, according to the latest issue of California Tire Report.
CalRecycle designed the TDA Grant Program to provide funding for California civil engineering projects using TDA. Made from shredded scrap tires, TDA is a lightweight, free-draining material that can be used for landfills, retaining wall backfill, slope or embankment stabilization fill, and vibration mitigation.
Applications for TDA Grants must come from counties, cities, special districts, state agencies and qualifying Indian tribes funding public works projects within California. The applications can include multiple projects, but must use a combined minimum total of 750 tons of TDA. All of the TDA must be sourced from scrap tires generated in California.
The maximum grant under the TDA Program is $350,000. Mendocino County received $344,266, and Sacramento County received $259,223.
Although CalRecycle budgeted $1.5 million for the TDA Grant Program for fiscal year 2011/12, only Mendocino and Sacramento countries applied for the grants, according to Terry Leveille, publisher of California Tire Report.
“The almost $900,000 in unspent funds will most likely be reallocated to other oversubscribed programs later this spring,” Leveille wrote. CalRecycle's Rubberized Pavement Grant Program is a probable beneficiary, he said.