The bill — THB 1352 — abolishes Colorado's existing scrap tire laws and its waste tire advisory commission. It consolidates all responsibility for regulating tires to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It expands the current $1.50 disposal fee on new passenger tire purchases to cover purchases of all tires, but reduces the fee to 55 cents per tire on Jan. 1, 2018.
Also on Jan. 1, 2018, the state's end-users fund and waste tire market development fund will be abolished. On that date, all collected scrap tire fees will begin going to the waste tire administration, enforcement and cleanup fund.
The bill also sets stringent new requirements for tire storage by waste tire haulers and processors; forbids adding to the state's waste tire monofill after Jan. 1, 2018; and closes the monofill permanently by July 1, 2024.
Among the initiatives to be funded via the fees collected will be the creation of a waste tire innovative technology business development, grant, loan and incentive-funding program to assist in creating waste tire business opportunities and jobs in the tire recycling sector.
The bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Reps. Max Tyler, D, District 23, and Don Coram, R, District 58, whom Mr. Blumenthal lauded for their hard work in "securing the needed support" for this legislation.