HARTFORD, Conn. — The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is opposing two bills before the Connecticut legislature that would create Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems for tire recycling and for recycling programs in general.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) also opposes the general EPR bill.
Connecticut House Bill 6352, which would establish an EPR for scrap tires in Connecticut, is more draconian than the state's scrap tire situation warrants, the RMA said in Feb. 8 testimony before the Connecticut Joint Environment Committee.
Connecticut has small-scale illegal scrap tire dumping, but no program to address it, the association said. The state generates 8 to 10 million passenger tire equivalents, and since the closing of the Exeter tires-to-energy plant, most Connecticut scrap tires go to Maine and pulp and paper mill fuel, it said.
While the RMA wants to work with Connecticut to create higher-value end-markets for the state's scrap tires, an EPR system is not the way to proceed, the association said.