CalRecycle Announces Grant Awards to CR&R and Recology

CalRecycle announced on November 18th the awardees for its Organics Grant Program.  The grants, using proceeds from the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, are awarded based primarily on contributions to the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.  CR&R and Recology East Bay Organics were 2 of 5 projects competitively selected from 51 applicants requesting a total of $119 million.  Both received the maximum grant award of $3 million per project.

  • CR&R Incorporated (Perris) will receive $3 million to expand its current anaerobic digestion facility at the Perris Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility. The expansion will double its processing capacity, resulting in the diversion of an additional 229 tons of organic material from landfills per day. The organics will be recycled into natural gas and organic soil amendments. The project is expected to create approximately 50 to 75 temporary construction jobs and 20 to 30 permanent jobs.
  • Recology East Bay Organics (Oakland and San Francisco) will receive $3 million for processing equipment to extract organic material intermingled with mixed solid waste. The diverted organic material will be anaerobically digested to produce biomethane, which will be used to power the East Bay Municipal Utility District wastewater treatment plant. Surplus power will be sold to the Port of Oakland. The project will create approximately seven temporary jobs and four permanent jobs, and divert an additional 20,400 tons of material from landfills each year.

The Budget Act of 2014 authorized CalRecycle to issue grants that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In all, $19.5 million was earmarked for construction of new facilities, expansion of existing facilities, and equipment upgrades to process greater amounts of recycled materials.  The projects are also important in California’s effort to reach its statewide goal of 75 percent recycling, composting, and source reduction by 2020.  CalRecycle allocated $14.5 million for organics projects and $5 million for fiber, plastic, and glass projects.  There were a large number of applicants, and requests totaled $119 million for under $20 million in available funding.