SACRAMENTO, Jan. 19, 2011 – Grants announced today will clean up hundreds of tires and tons of household, construction and hazardous waste on four illegal dump sites in the state. Funding for the cleanup comes from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program.
"Removing illegally dumped tires and other hazardous materials from public and private property prevents health risks from disease like West Nile Virus, and protects people and the environment from potentially toxic materials," said CalRecycle Acting Director Mark Leary.
Grants of up to $50,000 are allocated through the Farm and Ranch Cleanup Program and awarded to public entities or American Indian tribes to remove illegally disposed waste from farm or ranch property. This is the second of three grant cycles for the 2010/2011 fiscal year.
The following grants, totaling $96,154, were funded:
· Kern County received $12,286 to clean up 500 tires in the rural Mojave area. Tires were illegally dumped on the easement of a private parcel. The parcel owner already removed 300 tires at her own expense. Signs and fencing will help to prevent future dumping.
· Loma Prieta Resource Conservation District received $48,729 to clean up a 2,040 acre parcel in rural Santa Clara County. The privately owned site is currently leased as a commercial cattle ranch. Three illegally dumped mobile homes, tires, household hazardous waste, garbage, construction debris, appliances and electronic waste will be removed with the help of the rancher's equipment for loading dumpers. An active cattle ranch and newly posted signs will likely prevent future illegal dumping.
· Los Angeles County received $30,869 to remove 1,000 pounds of metal, 150 tires, appliances, electronic waste, household, hazardous and construction waste from an area in the northern part of the county that is zoned for agricultural production. Because waste is widespread, sheep are unable to graze. After cleanup, signs will be posted and surveillance will be increased to discourage further dumping.
· Nevada County received $4,270 to reimburse a property owner who cleaned up more than 35 tons of broken roofing tile illegally dumped on fallow farmland.
Illegal dumping left unabated, poses health and fire risks, and encourages further dumping. Without these grants, communities would suffer blight, increased crime and the negative impacts of pollution in rural and urban areas. Funds for the Farm and Ranch Grant Program are gathered through tipping fees (currently $1.40 per ton) collected when non-hazardous waste is deposited in landfills, along with tire fees and used oil fees.
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