A Colorado Senate Committee approved comprehensive
legislation to reform the state’s scrap tire laws. More than
60 million stockpiled scrap tires are in Colorado, which is one
of the few states where piles are growing.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has been working to
change Colorado’s scrap tire law since the last changes were
made to the program several years ago. RMA testified in favor
of the legislation this week.
HB 1018, which passed the House in March, was unanimously approved
by the Colorado Senate Transportation Committee. The measure
will next be considered by the Senate Finance Committee.
“HB 1018 is the result of eight months of negotiation among all
major scrap tire stakeholders in Colorado,” said Michael Blumenthal,
RMA vice president, who testified in support of HB 1018. “If
enacted, Colorado will be able to address some of the gaps in
their program, while focusing on market development and continued
Colorado currently imposes a $1.50 fee on new tires that should
be used for enforcement of state scrap tire regulations, cleanup
of waste tire piles and market development.
“Unfortunately, Colorado has not effectively managed scrap tires,”
Blumenthal said. “The state has the greatest number of tires
in stockpiles in the nation and unless the system is changed,
those piles will continue to grow.”
HB 1018 would:
•Place more of the scrap tire funds directly into scrap tire
•Consolidate all waste tire programs under the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and establish new requirements
for scrap tire market development, fire planning and prevention,
waste tire hauler regulations and waste tire facility regulations.
•Create regulations that will benefit the state and the scrap
tire industry and close gaps in the regulation that will decrease
the incidence of unlawful dumping of tires.
•Create an advisory committee that can provide ongoing review
and evaluation of the program that will increase the likelihood
of constant improvement to the program.
“We will continue to press Colorado lawmakers to enact this legislation,”