published on June 21, 2016 - 7:06 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is funding efforts in 23 California communities to clear illegally dumped waste tires from public right-of-ways and approved private properties. The $1,589,369 in grants were awarded to local cities, counties, regional agencies and a qualifying Indian tribe as part of CalRecycle’s Local Government Waste Tire Cleanup Grant Program.

As part of this year’s CalRecycle tire removal grants, the City of Madera got $246,787 while the City of Fresno and Fresno County each received $100,000 awards.

“Illegally dumped waste tires are more than just a blight for California communities. They also pose a significant fire and health risk that endanger public safety,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “California has come a long way in reducing waste tire stockpiles in our state, and grant programs like this are a big reason why.”

Local Government Waste Tire Cleanup Program grants can be used to fund the collection, removal, transportation, recycling, and disposal of waste tires from illegal tire piles and areas where illegal dumping has occurred along public right-of-ways. Private properties are eligible for funding if the property has fewer than 5,000 unlawfully dumped waste tires for which the owner isn’t responsible.

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