SACRAMENTO—Twenty cities will receive $2.36 million in grant money from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for road repairs using recycled tires, CalRecycle said in a May 9 press release.
The grants were awarded under CalRecycle's Rubberized Pavement Grant Program, which encourages the use of recycled tires in road paving. Cities and counties that apply for grants may use one of two technologies:
- Rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC), a two-inch rubberized asphalt overlay to existing roadways; and
- Rubberized chip seal, less expensive than RAC and appropriate for low-traffic roadways, which consists of a rubberized asphalt binder on existing pavement followed by a layer of aggregate chips.
The grants ranged from $14,216 to the city of Agoura Hills to $350,000 each to the cities of Antioch and Ontario, CalRecycle said. The largest grant available to individual applicants is $350,000, it said.
Grants through the Rubberized Pavement Grant Program are funded through a portion of the state's $1.75 fee on each new tire sold, it said.
California generates 45 million scrap tires annually, of which 68 percent are diverted from landfills toward end-use markets, the agency said.