Nevada City earns $150,000 grant
Nevada City has been selected for a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s Targeted Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Incentive Grant Program, which encourages the recycling of waste tires.
The $150,000 grant could help complete four proposed paving projects, including ones on Boulder Street, Adams Street, Clay Street, Nevada Street, Park Avenue, Jordan Street and Clark Street.
The grant covers only the additional costs of using rubberized asphalt instead of traditional asphalt, and will be awarded to the city only if the rubberized product is used for repaving.
“This is a competitive grant process that Nevada City leaders took an active part in,” said Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley. “The State of California will not only help pay for this project, it will involve the use of recycled products that would have otherwise would have clogged already crowded landfills.”
The Targeted Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Incentive Grant Program is intended to promote new markets for recycled-content products derived from waste tires generated in California, while reducing the environmental impacts of illegally dumping or stockpiling waste tires. The program is available to all local governments that fund public works projects.
Since passage of the Tire Recycling Act in 1989, California has dramatically increased the number of waste tires diverted from landfill disposal and sent to beneficial end uses. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) estimates that from 1990 to 1999, the number of tires recycled in the state increased 118 percent from 9.2 million to 20.1 million. In 1999, Californians generated 31.1 million waste tires, or almost one waste tire per person. The beneficial use of 20.1 million of these tires represents a recycling rate of 65 percent during 1999.
The California Tire Recycling Act authorized CIWMB to award grants and loans to businesses and public entities for activities that could expand markets for used tires. The act specifically lists several types of projects: polymer treatment, crumb rubber production, retreading, shredding, and the manufacture of such products as artificial reefs, rubber asphalt, playground equipment, crash barriers, erosion control, floor and track surfacing, oil spill recovery, roofing, and other environmentally safe applications.
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