A new tire recycling system aimed at reduction of scrap tire dumping and improvement of monitoring of the tire program in Arkansas was presented to regulators on July 2, 2018.

Act 317 of 2017 is taken as a foundation for the new law – it attempts to increase the responsibility of tire traders and to avoid their illegal action via using special business initiatives and tire monitoring systems.

Previously, two polluted districts where tire programs are applied, suggested to eliminate several requirements as they considered them pricey and absolutely useless.

The petition was sent to the state official commission that manages ecology and safety by The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality with a request to draft new legislation in the very beginning of 2018, just when the law demanded the implementation of the new system.

The draft was designed together with waste districts, as well as the Arkansas Association of Regional Solid Waste Management Districts. The public had also, to some extent, contributed to revisiting of new law and it made the department change its legislation, however, not all of its suggestions have been followed.

The staff won’t be hired at the districts unless their commercial strategies are clear – this step was endorsed by the association’s President and the executive director of The Benton County Regional Solid Waste Management District, Wendy Bland.

This measure is needed to guarantee that the district is fully in line with the new state’s tire tracking system and the quality storm water run-on and run-off systems are used.

In The White River district, unmanned collection points will be introduced as they serve as common practices of tire-dumping prevention and they are responsible for scrap tire collection in provincial Arkansas

According to authoritative sources, it is still unclear how employees will handle tire collection, as the district includes ten counties, which makes it a problem to use manned facilities. However if the district manages to get sufficient funding, then it will be easier to recruit staff and provide them with salaries, he added.

The White River district also attempts to prevent accumulation of storm water at tire sites, as it fears that the wet area would become a perfect place for disease-spreading mosquitos to breed, as these insects are often found at tire landfills.

One more request was made by the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District in Pulaski County – it demanded motivational grants provision to recycling projects, as it believed that it was crucial that such initiatives are supported by private businesses.

Article by Democrat Gazette