CalRecycle is the state's leading authority on recycling, waste reduction and product reuse. Officially known as the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California's vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability.
CalRecycle provides grant funding for local agencies to encourage the use of recycled and innovative products. Placer County was awarded a $350,000 grant from CalRecycle’s Rubberized Pavement Grant Program to be applied towards our 2017-18 Surface Treatment Contract which utilized a “rubberized” chip seal that contained California recycled tires. The rubberized chip seal was used as a SAMI (Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer) to extend the overall lifespan of the County’s overlay thus saving future dollars. Also, by placing over 86,000 square yards of rubberized chip seal, Placer County was able to divert the equivalent of 3,225 California waste tires from going into landfills.