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 $250,000 grant from CalRecycle’s Rubberized Pavement Grant Program to be applied towards our surface treatment projects completed in 2022. These projects utilized a “rubberized” chip seal that contained California recycled tires. The rubberized chip seal was used in combination with a micro seal or a fog seal in order to seal the treatment. These surface treatments are cost effective ways to extend the life of pavement with age related cracking. By placing close to 250,000 square yards of rubberized chip seal, Placer County was able to divert the equivalent of 15,000 California waste tires from going into landfills.