ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Maryland's legislators will transfer up to $7 million from the state $12 million tire recycling fund June 1 to upgrade aging waste-water treatment systems. The action, taken shortly before an April 8 adjournment, means the $1 tax on each new-tire purchase will continue for a while. The tire fund has a $15 million cap; if it were reached, the legislature was to reduce or eliminate the tire tax.
Maryland's Recycling Services Division said it could spend the fund's entire $12 million on pending tire abatement projects, but is limited by the legislature to a $4.5 million annual budget.
N.M. warns against misrepresenting fees
SANTA FE, N.M.-When New Mexico boosted tire disposal costs last year, some dealers began passing along the costs to their customers, apparently under the guise of a state-mandated fee.
Some dealers evidently have been putting a memo on their bills that the extra charge is New Mexico's recycling fee.
``That's not a correct characterization of the fee,'' warned Jack Hyatt of the state attorney general's office.
If tire dealers want to charge a fee to help cover their increased disposal costs, that's OK, Mr. Hyatt said. ``They can do that just as long as they don't call it a New Mexico recycling fee.''
The state already collects a $1 fee on vehicle registrations to fund tire recycling.
STMC to help boost belt wire recycling
WASHINGTON-The Scrap Tire Management Council and the Steel Recycling Institute said they will work together to develop markets for the steel bead and belt wire from scrap tires-about 2.5 pounds per passenger tire; up to 20 pounds per truck tire.
The SRI will work with its members to develop general specifications for scrap-tire-generated steel, which the STMC will publish, along with a list of interested metal recyclers.