Colorado Governor Signs Waste Tire Legislation

RMA-Supported Measure to Address Rocky Mountain State’s Tire Stockpiles

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WASHINGTON, D.C., – June 6, 2014 – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed long-awaited legislation to finally address the Rocky Mountain state’s nation-leading waste tire stockpiles.  More than 60 million tires currently sit in two mammoth piles, known as monofills that pose a potential environmental risk should either pile catch fire.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which has worked for seven years to enact a waste tire measure in Colorado, applauded today’s action.

“Colorado needs this legislation to end the stockpiling of waste tires, clean up the monofills and help establish new markets for discarded tires,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president.

RMA has led efforts across the country to enact environmentally sound and economically efficient waste tire legislation and regulations.  RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.

Nearly 25 years ago, more than 1 billion tires were stockpiled while only 11% of waste tires were consumed in an end use market.  Today, only 100 million waste tires are left in piles across the nation and more than 80% of annually generated waste tires are sent to an end use market.

“Colorado has taken a critical first step toward eliminating the stigma of having the highest inventory of stockpiled waste tires in the nation,” Blumenthal said.

The bipartisan legislation, championed by Reps. Max Tyler and Don Coram, will eventually shut down and cleanup the tire monofills; end an inefficient taxpayer subsidy payment to end users of waste tires and; cut the state’s tire fee on new tire purchases from $1.50 to $0.55.

“Experience has proven that state waste tire management problems can be solved with enforcement, active cleanup efforts and the expansion of waste tire markets,” Blumenthal said.  “By closing the tire monofills and eliminating taxpayer subsidies, Colorado can work toward developing more diverse and higher-value markets for waste tires.”

Blumenthal praised the state lawmakers for their efforts to enact the legislation.  “Representative Tyler and Representative Coram worked very hard to secure the needed support for this legislation and RMA has been proud to assist them in this effort.  We now look forward to working with the Legislature and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to effectively implement this law.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.