California communities can restore forty illegal dumpsites into productive agricultural properties thanks to $299,814 in funds from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The department’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program will support counties’ and resource conservation districts’ efforts to clean up agricultural sites overrun with unlawfully discarded appliances, furniture, scrap metal, tires, vehicle parts, and more.
“California is committed to helping farms and ranches remove illegally dumped items to promote the economic and environmental health of the state,” said CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline. “The department’s cleanup grants help local governments restore properties and improve communities.”
CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Cleanup grant program will provide up to $1.5 million during the 2019-20 fiscal year to help communities remove illegally dumped solid waste from agricultural properties.
The Sutter County Resource Conservation District plans to use $49,864 to clear appliances, cement blocks, metal and PVC piping, tires, and other debris from three farming parcels in Sanders and Live Oak. The district plans to erect signage and fencing throughout the combined 380 acres to discourage future unlawful disposal.
Under the farm and ranch grant program, cities, counties, federally recognized Native American Tribes, and resource conservation districts may apply for up to $200,000 per fiscal year, but no more than $50,000 per site. Grants are funded through the state’s Integrated Waste Management Account, Tire Recycling Management Fund, and Used Oil Recycling Fund.
Since the first grants were awarded in 1997, nearly $11 million has been distributed to clean up more than 700 project sites.