The Senate Appropriations Committee is now viewing a bill that seeks to considerably reduce the amount of waste tires in California. Assembly member, Jim Frazier, (D–Discovery Bay) introduced the bill.
The Tire Recycling Incentive Program (TRIP) is formed under Frazier’s Assembly Bill 509. TRIP is an incentive-based scheme that will substitute the existing unproductive grant-based structure.
According to Frazier, California produces an astonishing 44 million waste tires annually. It is anticipated that by 2020, the tire recycling scheme, developed by AB 509, will increase California’s tire recycling ratio twofold. It will result in withdrawal of millions of tires from the waste stream. A range of tire-based products will be manufactured from these tires. It will result in development of totally new marketplace for these processed materials.
In cases of improper disposal, waste tires produce greenhouse gasses. Moreover, they can pose danger to the ecology and human well-being. They look displeasing and serve as a place where rodents and mosquitoes could breed in excess, which eventually may lead to the outbreaks of maladies, such as West Nile Virus.
Frazier said that more than half of the total sum will be used in development of rubberized asphalt concrete products, which will lead to considerable upsurges in the quantity of tire-based rubberized asphalt on the state’s roads. He also added that the bill was designed and shaped in collaboration with Frazier’s legislative team, Californians Against Waste and the tire industry, including traders, recyclers and transporters.
Nick Lapis, Director of the organization, which is funding the bill, Advocacy with Californians Against Waste, said that AB 509 will lead to the reformation of California’s inactive tire recycling scheme via formation of recycling markets for tires that now only provide ecological and esthetic problems for the communities.
The Assembly Natural Resources and Appropriations committees approved AB 509. Moreover, on May 31, the full Assembly on a Floor took a ballot. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee sanctioned the bill on July 5 and directed the document to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will be sent to the full Senate for a vote after Appropriations issues AB 509 in late August.