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Louisiana— Louisiana's tire program begins
with a $2.00 fee paid by consumers on new tire purchases. From the fees,
the state's tire fund pays processors for waste tires they pick up from
retailers, process and market. A key feature of Louisiana's program
is that haulers do not get paid until they deliver scrap tires to a
processor, so there's no incentive for haulers to illegally dump tires.
To ensure compliance, Louisiana tracks tires from retail sale to processing and marketing for reuse. In the past five years the state has conducted more than 3,000 inspections and taken almost 400 enforcement actions. In one fraud conviction, a tire processor had to pay a $650,000 fine.
The state tire fund also pays processors for cleaning up illegal tire dumps. In 2002 Louisiana had cleaned up all 857 of its identified illegal tire stockpiles, almost nine million tires.
With its tire dumps gone and almost 100 percent of its waste tires recycled in 2002, Louisiana has one of the most successful tire programs in the nation.
Cleanup Partnerships— Agencies work together to help communities deal with tire dumps.
As the search continues for new reuse markets for scrap tires, states, tribes and communities will continue to work to prevent new illegal dumps. Texas will continue cleanups and focus attention on the U.S.-Mexico border, where tire fires are still a risk.
In 1990, 11 percent of waste tires in the U.S. were recycled. The rest were dumped in landfills or someplace else, often illegally, where rats and mosquitoes could breed or fires could pollute the air. In 2001, some 80 percent were recycled.