California plans to boost the tire-recycling rate by pushing for legislation with USTMA support. AB 509, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Frazier, would change the current state tire recycling grant program into an incentive program to help expand the use of tire-derived material. The measure also includes a provision to give Cal Recycle, the state scrap tire regulatory agency, authority to impose an additional tire fee on tire dealers to cover program administrative costs.
USTMA successfully sought changes to the measure. One change would force Cal Recycle to spend a substantial portion of the current $70 million surplus in the Waste Tire Fund before imposing a new fee. Another would require the agency to thoroughly document and report how the incentive program is improving tire-recycling rates. Finally, USTMA and Assembly Member Frazier worked together to increase the amount of state funding from Cal Recycle for rubber modified asphalt projects.
AB 509 passed the state Assembly in May and is currently before the Senate Appropriations Committee. The California Legislature adjourns in early September.
This news piece originally appeared at USTMA’s website.