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CalRecycle announces $9m in grants for three projects

PKBR Staff Writer Published 01 December 2017

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has awarded $9m to three new projects from the state's Climate Investments program.

Of the total amount, $3m has been granted to Revolution Plastics' project to increase collection capacity of low-density polyethylene agricultural film and irrigation tubing in Kern country.

The project will also include development of new facility to clean, process, and remanufacture the film into plastic can liners, new mulch film and plastic lumber.

Additionally, Sioneer Stock secured $3m grant to fund its project to build a facility in San Joaquin to process recycled glass into a material that can replace fly ash as an ingredient in the concrete manufacturing process.

CalRecycle also granted $3m to rPlanet Earth Los Angeles to support its plan to build a PET reclaiming facility in Vernon, Los Angeles.

The facility will be equipped to process PET thermoforms and extrude into new food-grade thermoformed packaging.

The three projects received the grants through CalRecycle's Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program, which is a part of California Climate Investments.

The California Climate Investments is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, boost the economy and improve public health and the environment.

CalRecycle director Scott Smithline said: “Recycling materials eliminates greenhouse gas emissions produced when mining and refining new materials.

“These latest investments not only bring us closer to our recycling and greenhouse gas reduction goals, but show how California’s core values of environmental protection, public health and safety, and economic vitality can coexist to benefit communities throughout our state.”

Expected to create more than 200 jobs in California communities, the three projects will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also increase recycling infrastructure in the state, CalRecycle said.

Image: Revolution Plastics intends to increase collection capacity of low-density polyethylene agricultural film in Kern country. Photo: courtesy of Revolution Plastics LLC/PR Newswire.