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New bill seeking development of a scheme that aims to recycle 75% of waste tires received official endorsement in California.

Signed as Assembly Bill 2908, the document encourgaes the CalRecycle to come up with a program that would manage outflows to businesses that buy waste tires aiming to produce merchandise that would cater to end-users.

The funding for the initiative is anticipated to come from the existing tire fee of $1.75 charged in the state when a single tire is purchased.

The bill also rules that if there is the fund’s depletion, CalRecycle will be allowed to impose additional fee not exceeding $1. The document is expected to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown.

The new bill also received the endorsement of the group of environmentalists Californians Against Waste. According to its director, the tire recycling rate has been disappointing and enticement payments can boost it as it is a cost-efficient measure.

The new initiative is expected to replace previous state Rubber Pavement Market Development Act that sponsored rubberized asphalt road schemes.

The representative of the US Tire Manufacturers Association, John Sheerin noted that the new bill has received USTMA’s approval for a number of provisions, including the one that encouraged no less than 50% of incentive payments to be directed into rubberized road initiative without imposing any extra fee unless the fund faces depletion.

Nevertheless, TL & Associates from Sacramento expressed skepticism to the legislation. The company is now willing to appeal to Governor Brown with the request to veto the new tire bill, as it believes that the existing tire fund that has access to $70 million is sufficient and no extra fee is needed.

Annually, over 40 million waste tires are generated in California, Assemblyman Marc Berman said.

Article by Rubber and Plastics News