CalRecycle approves $5.3 million to repair roads using recycled tires

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — CalRecycle has approved nearly $5.3 million to help fund road repairs in San Diego County and elsewhere around the state, using rubberized pavement from recycled tires, it was announced Monday.

The state Department Resources Recycling and Recovery — CalRecycle — approved the funding to improve roads in 43 communities, including Del Mar, Oceanside and unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

Del Mar will receive funding of nearly $124,700, Oceanside will get almost $400,000, and the county will gain $250,000, according to the agency.

The projects will make use of rubberized pavement, which combines crumb rubber from recycled tires with traditional materials to create safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective road material.

"CalRecycle’s Rubberized Pavement Grant Program is a crucial part of California’s strategy to keep waste tires out of landfills and make use of these materials right here in our state,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said.

"As more communities realize the benefits of this environmentally sustainable option for road resurfacing and repair, California will be able to close the loop within our state and turn millions of additional waste tires into a resource that keeps our people safe, reduces costs, and protects our environment for future generations,” he said.

The legislature created the program in 2002 to promote recycling of the roughly 44 million waste tires generated in California each year. With the help of CalRecycle’s tire recycling programs and grants, 38 million of those tires are diverted from landfills — with many being used for things like road surfacing and civil engineering projects.

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