WASHINGTON (July 17, 2003)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association has joined a coalition to assist in reducing scrap tire piles and developing recycled rubber markets along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The project is being initiated by the Border Environmental Cooperative Commission (BECC), a group that works to develop solutions to environmental problems in a 62-mile region on either side of the US-Mexico border.
"The situation on the Mexican side of the border is very similar to the situation the U.S. faced in 1985, before scrap tire legislation and regulations were enacted," said Michael Blumenthal, RMA senior technical director. "Our proposal to improve the current situation in Mexico is to develop more comprehensive regulations and create low to medium-tech market opportunities to grow a scrap tire aftermarket infrastructure."
"We are very glad to be part of this important project and to have the opportunity to share the information and our experience," he added. "The tire manufacturing industries in both countries are committed to resolving scrap tire issues along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border region."
A newly formed ad hoc committee will investigate and recommend a solution to the millions of scrap tires located in the six bordering Mexican states. Other groups involved with this initiative include EPA Regions 6 and 9—which include California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana—the North American Development Bank, the Texas Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Environmental Quality of New Mexico and the California Integrated Waste Management Board.