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Senator Fred Madden recently sponsored a bill aiming at circumvention of illegal dumping of end of life tires (ELT) and prevention of hazards which are associated with it.

According to Senator Madden, the legislation is designed to promote environmental protection. He claims that stockpiles of scrap tires are not only a trash, but they also pose a serious threat for environment and public health. Scrap tire stockpiles pose a potent threat in terms of fire safety. Fires on end of life tire stockpiles are very difficult to extinguish. Senator urges all involved parties to find a way to dispose of end of life tires in the way beneficial for both community and environment.

The bill, S-2422, would require the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a system for collecting, tracking, hauling, recycling, and disposal of end of life tires. Moreover, the bill would require that all end of life tires are reused or recycled and would ban their disposal as a solid waste. In addition, the bill stipulates licensing of all tire collectors and haulers by the DEP.

From 2013 to 2016, the DEP conducted an audit, whereby its officials visited 26 of the major ELT stockpiles previously called dangerous, and in most cases remediated, to find out if new accumulations of ELT had arisen. The investigation found out that 18 of the 26 sites did not comply with government regulations and require additional efforts to remediate the stockpiles. Furthermore, 11 new ELT sites were discovered and identified as non-compliant. It was estimated that these 29 sites had accumulated approximately 350,000 to 565,000 scrap tires.

Illegal dumping remains a big problem, even though current legislation stipulates numerous options for ELT disposal. On a well-concealed site, illegal dumping keeps flourishing for years until a stockpile becomes large enough and ultimately becomes discovered by local authorities. The owners of scrap tire stockpile sites are often unable to pay for cleanup as well as fines. The bulk of stockpiles remain intact and in need of attention.

Estimates suggest that some 8.4 million ELT are generated every year in New Jersey. ELT from New Jersey are gathered at several in-state facilities and many out-of-State facilities. Major in-state ELT management facilities comprise storage, processing and transfer operations. ELT processed in NJ are converted into playground applications, civil engineering applications, equestrian track surfacing or alternative fuel.

Additional environmental concerns are mosquitoes, which breed in abandoned tires. These ELTs are a very good breeding ground for mosquitoes due to rainwater coming in and being collected within tires.

The bill would prohibit any person from knowingly disposing of ELTs as solid waste after January 1, 2017. S-2422 was accepted by the committee and will now go to Senate for further consideration.

Article source: 4-traders.com