Calif. bill to alter tire fee, incentives SACRAMENTO, Calif.—State Assemblyman Brooks Firestone introduced a bill in April to revamp California's tire program.
The bill would increase the new-tire fee from 25 cents to 50 cents; switch the collection duty from retailers to tire wholesalers and car and equipment dealers; set up a reimbursement program that rebates 25 cents for each tire used by certified recyclers and 40 cents for recycling tires from designated ``priority tire stockpiles''; and require state agencies to use a minimum of 20 percent rubberized asphalt concrete in their projects by 2000.
The bill also offers the troubled Modesto Energy Limited Partnership tires-to-energy plant an exemption from a waste tire facility permit if the facility stores fewer than a one-month supply of tires.
ITRA to co-sponsor scrap tire workshop
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The International Tire and Rubber Association and Clean Washington Center will co-sponsor a two-day workshop on scrap tire recycling technologies and methods for handling scrap tires and rubber.
The workshop, entitled ``Best practices and marketing techniques for scrap tire and rubber recycling,'' will be held June 4-5 at the Westin Hotel, Chicago.
For more information, contact Gretchen Schrantz at ITRA, P.O. Box 37203, Louisville, Ky. 40233-7203; (502) 968-8900.
Ind. clears G & M's Atwaood tire pile
INDIANAPOLIS—Dillon Tire Recycling, under contract with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, finished clearing 6,232 tons of tires from the controversial G & M Tire Recycling site in Atwood, Ind., in early April.
The cleanup was expected to cost $800,000 and take about six months to complete, but the pile had fewer tires than expected and the final cost was $498,580.
The cleanup culminated years of negotiations and head-butting between the state and G & M Tire Owner Garry Baker over abatement of the pile.
Calif. to clear tires from site of '94 fire
Integrated Waste Management Board has budgeted up to $90,000 to remove an illegal tire pile in Kerman that was the site of a 1994 fire.
Crews began working at the site in March to remove the estimated 30,000 tires.