JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (April 23, 2004) — By a vote of 154-1, the Missouri Assembly has passed a bill to reauthorize the state's 50-cents-per-tire waste tire fee.
The fee, which lapsed last Jan. 1 after 14 years, funded the cleanup of some 12 million stockpiled tires and aided communities and non-profit organizations in their scrap tire abatement and recycling efforts, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The bill, as passed, directs the state in granting waste tire cleanup or recycling contracts to give preference to Missouri-based companies that use the tires for fuel or to manufacture goods or products.
Companies that landfill tires or use them as landfill cover are not to be given preference, the bill states. The Missouri Senate has assigned the Assembly bill to its Ways and Means Committee.