The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery administers the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program, which provides funding (up to $50,000 per site) in grants to a city, county, resource conservation district, or Native American tribe for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property. A site may be eligible for funding if the parcel(s) is (are) zoned for agricultural use, where unauthorized solid waste disposal has occurred, and where the site(s) is (are) in need of cleanup in order to abate a nuisance or public health and safety threat and/or a threat to the environment. Sites are not eligible for funding if the site is located on property where the owner or local agency is responsible for the illegal disposal of solid waste.
Contra Costa RCD can help interested farmers and ranchers apply for funding from the CalRecycle Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program. Funding is available 3 times per year with grant deadlines of August, November, and February. To start, please contact Ben Weise at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (925) 690-4145 to schedule an initial site visit at least 2 months prior to the grant deadline. For more information, check the CalRecycle program website.