WASHINGTON (April 20, 2001) — The Rubber Manufacturers Association's Scrap Tire Management Council (STMC) will work with state agencies to post on the RMA Web site a listing of licensed/permitted scrap tire transporters (haulers).
"Unlicensed or unpermitted haulers are one of the most common problems plaguing our industry," said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president and STMC executive director. "They are one of major causes for tires being dumped or stockpiled and the bane of existence for state regulators, legitimate scrap tire haulers and processors."
The project is designed to concentrate information in one, central, easily-accessible location. The lists of approved, licensed or permitted scrap tire haulers will be provided by state agencies. States also may include lists of those transporters that have allowed their permits/licenses to expire.
Listings will be updated on the site as they are provided by the state agencies. The site is expected to be online with data from several southeastern states in late spring.
This new, cooperative project is a direct result of discussion the STMC has had with the Southeast Scrap Tire Regulators Group. The concept was decided upon at the spring meeting of the Southeast Scrap Tire Regulators, held in Atlanta last year.
Members of that group include representatives from the regulatory and market development agencies from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"The Scrap Tire Management Council is proud to be a participant in the Southeast Scrap Tire Regulators Group and we are very pleased to provide this valuable service to the scrap tire industry," Mr. Blumenthal said.
"We have always operated on the premise that open and proactive dialog with state agencies would yield positive results for all involved. This latest project certainly is an excellent example of the benefits of a public/private partnership. Our intention is to have as complete a listing as possible."