SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 26, 2015) — The California Assembly has passed Assembly Bill 1239, designed to expand tire recycling programs within the state.
Approved in the Assembly June 3, AB 1239 would establish a Tire Recycling Incentive Program (TRIP) in California, according to the bill summary on the Assembly website.
Both the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) oppose AB 1239.
TRIP would be administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and award payments to eligible recipients, including:
• Cities, counties, local government agencies and school districts to fund construction projects that use recycled tires;
• State and local government agencies, including regional park districts, to fund disability access projects at parks and bikeways; and
• Private manufacturers in California that make consumer products using recycled tires.
AB 1239 would require CalRecycle to award $2 per 12 pounds of crumb rubber used by each eligible recipient, and also to allocate $30 million annually for TRIP until the California scrap tire recycling fee on new tires falls below $1.75.
The bill would also require tire retailers in the state to pay a tire regulatory fee to be determined by CalRecycle to reimburse the agency for its administrative costs and regulatory activities. The fee would not exceed $1.25 per tire sold, according to the analysis.
The RMA opposes paying subsidies to tire recycling businesses, said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president of public affairs.