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Waste Diversion


FUNDING LEVEL: Annual budget allocation; $71 million through March 2017
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Government entities: cities and counties, regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies and joint power authorities, private, for-profit entities and nonprofit organizations (except private schools) registered with the federal government

Program Description

This program provides financial incentives for capital investments in infrastructure for aerobic composting, anaerobic digestion and recycling and manufacturing facilities that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have environmental and economic benefits for disadvantaged communities. These grants promote infrastructure developments that divert more materials from landfills and produce beneficial products such as soil amendments, renewable fuels or recycled-content products. Grants are targeted to build or expand organics infrastructure, such as composting and anaerobic digestion, or rescuing food to feed hungry people, as well as new or expanded infrastructure for manufacturing products with recycled content fiber, plastic, or glass. These programs support the state’s 75% solid waste recycling goal.

Visit the GGRF grant and loan program page on the CalRecycle website to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Increased diversion of organic materials such as food waste
  • More manufactured products with increased recycled content
  • Expanded facilities to process organic or recycled materials into new products
  • Increased diversion of edible foods from landfills through food processing equipment and technology improvements or rescuing edible food from the waste stream.

Funded Projects

The City of Kerman (2014-15) – Mid Valley Disposal, Inc. received $3 million to construct a state of the art composting operation at an existing facility. The company will separate food and green materials from its existing collection routes in Fresno County and nearby communities and produce compost using a process pre-certified by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). These activities will divert 290,000 tons of organic waste from Central Valley landfills over the next decade and reduce GHG emissions by over 137,000 MTCO2e.

The City of Perris (2014-15) – CR&R Incorporated was granted $3 million for the CR&R Anaerobic Digester (AD) Facility Expansion Project which increases the Perris Material Recovery Facility and Transfer Station’s existing processing capacity. This addition will double the plant’s processing capacity, enabling landfill diversion of an additional 229 tons of mixed municipal organics per day. This project will produce renewable natural gas transportation fuel and soil amendments.

The City of Turlock (2014-15) – Peninsula Plastics Recycling, Inc. received a $1 million grant to help purchase equipment that will allow the company to divert about 45 percent of the by products from its plastic recycling from landfills. The leftover bottle labels and paper sludge is processed to create a range of landscaping materials.

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