Ballico's Rubber Bark says CalRecycle offers grants for public projects

BALLICO — Rubber Bark said that in an effort to promote the use of products made from California’s millions of waste tires, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is now offering grants through its Tire-Derived Product program for public entity projects.

Rubber Bark said in a news release that it works closely with CalRecycle and supports the use of the grants for public projects, which in turn build sustainable market demand. Ag Link, Inc., the company that makes Rubber Bark, is dedicated helping entities develop successful projects through project planning and assistance with the grant application itself, which will be due in January 2011, the news release said.

To be eligible for a grant the grantee must be a public entity, such as a city, county or public school. Approved projects are granted 100 percent financial reimbursement to buy Rubber Bark or other tire-derived products for their project.

Projects may include updating a school’s playground, creating an outside community area in a housing development or renovating existing landscape.

Eligibility and grant criteria can be found at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Tires/Grants/Product/default.htm

“CalRecycle’s grants give public entities the chance to implement facilities improvement projects that may otherwise be stalled or postponed in this difficult economy,” Rubber Bark CEO Jana Nairn said in the news release.

For more information about Rubber Bark and the grants available by CalRecycle, go to www.rubberbark.com. Rubber Bark is manufactured by Ag Link, Inc., a major recycled tire product manufacturer affiliated with tire recycler Golden By-Products, Inc. Established in 1994, Ag Link, Inc., according to the news release, is the largest producer of recycled rubber products on the West Coast.