United States and Mexico agree to clean up 3.5 million
waste tires along the border
Federal and state agencies from the United States and
Mexico met in San Diego at the International Tire Conference where California
and Baja California signed the Tire Initiative Collaborative Effort to
develop a market for waste tires and reduce tire piles along the border
The Tire Initiative is a joint effort by the United States EPA and the
Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Both have been
working to have all 10 border states sign the Tire Initiative.
The Tire Initiative outlines principles and actions to establish a sustainable
scrap tire management program, the cleanup and prevention of new tire
piles, and the education of stakeholders.
California and Baja California are leading the way among the ten states
to sign the Tire Initiative. Among those who signed include the Lic.
Socrates Bastida Hernandez, secretary of Environmental Protection of
Baja California State Government and Ricardo Martinez, assistant secretary
for Border Affairs for the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Eight other border states will sign the agreement at a later date including
Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Arizona, New Mexico
Additionally, the United States Rubber Manufacturers Association signed
a similar letter of understanding.
Although some border states have created scrap tire management programs,
there are millions of tires along the border, creating several health
and environmental problems.