In February 2019, the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) applied to CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program on behalf of two producers in Antioch and Knightsen. The application was for funding to clean up and abate illegal solid waste dumping that has occurred on their respective properties.
On April 15, 2019 the CCRCD was informed by CalRecycle that the application was successful, and the CCRCD was awarded $31,625 to use for removal and prevention of illegal dumping.
Through this grant, farmers will remove illegally dumped tires, soil, fertilizer tanks, car parts, televisions, and other electronic waste from their fields and vineyards. They will then dispose of them at appropriate facilities. The farmers will be reimbursed for dump fees and contractor labor. This grant will also fund measures to prevent future dumping; in this case, gates and fencing will be erected. This grant and associated projects are expected to be completed this summer.
This grant is the second that the CCRCD has received from CalRecycle.
In 2018, an agricultural land owner removed 120 tons of concrete, construction debris, household waste, tires, and electronic waste from an agricultural property in Port Costa and received reimbursement for building a perimeter fence that has since drastically reduced dumping.
CalRecycle typically funds the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup Abatement Program annually with three funding periods ending in February, August, and November.
Interested farmers and ranchers are encouraged to reach out to Ben Weise at the CCRCD by phone at (925) 690-4145 or by email at [email protected] for more information.
Information provided by the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District