DENVER (May 7, 2014) — The Colorado legislature has passed a bill designed to reform Colorado’s scrap tire abatement program and address the problem of the state’s estimated 60 million stockpiled waste tires.
Late on May 6, the Colorado House of Representatives voted to concur with a Senate amendment to House Bill 1352, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which supports the legislation.
The bill now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has promised to sign it.
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HB 1352 abolishes Colorado’s existing scrap tire laws and its waste tire advisory commission. It consolidates all responsibility for regulating tires to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It expands the current $1.50 disposal fee on new passenger tire purchases to cover purchases of all tires, but reduces the fee to 55 cents per tire on Jan. 1, 2018.
Also on Jan. 1, 2018, the state’s end-users fund and waste tire market development fund will be abolished. On that date, all collected scrap tire fees will begin going to the waste tire administration, enforcement and cleanup fund.
The bill also sets stringent new requirements for tire storage by waste tire haulers and processors; forbids adding to the state’s waste tire monofill after Jan. 1, 2018; and closes the monofill permanently by July 1, 2024.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|