WASHINGTON-Rep. Esteban E. Torres, D-Calif., has reintroduced his recycling incentive bills for scrap tires, used oil and lead-acid batteries. ``These bills are, very simply, a solution to the demand side of the supply-and-demand equation,'' Rep. Torres stated in a ``Dear Colleague'' letter designed to gain Congressional support for the bills. ``These incentive-based bills get companies involved in recycling the goods they produce, while giving them the freedom to determine the most efficient and less expensive way to achieve environmental goals.''
As in previous versions of the Torres legislation, the bills require manufacturers and importers of tires, oil and batteries to either use increasing amounts of recycled material in the production of new products or ensure the recycling of increasing amounts of used products.
If manufacturers can't meet the requirements in their own operations, they can achieve compliance by purchasing ``recycling credits'' from companies which recycle more than the law requires.
The bills have been assigned to the House Commerce Committee.