To encourage resource recovery, recycling, and reuse of waste tires, there is a waste tire fee assessed on each new tire sold in the state. Commencing on January 1, 2020, the bill raises the waste tire fee from 55 cents to up to $2.00, as set by the solid and hazardous waste commission by rule, and, on January 1, 2024, reduces it to 55 cents and continues the fee collection through December 31, 2025.
The bill also recreates the end users fund, into which fund, on and after January 1, 2020, the state treasurer shall distribute a portion of the revenue collected from the waste tire fee for use by the department of public health and environment (department) to provide quarterly rebates to end users for the processing of waste tires into tire-derived products or fuel. The end users fund and the rebate program are repealed on July 1, 2026. The state treasurer is required to distribute the other portion of the fee revenue to the waste tire administration, enforcement, market development, and cleanup fund in an amount sufficient to offset the department's direct and indirect costs in implementing the waste tire program, which costs are capped at 50 cents per each new tire sold.
The bill prohibits the department from granting a waiver to an owner or operator of a waste tire monofill from requirements to process a certain number of waste tires and not to store waste tires; except if the owner or operator has demonstrated an annual net reduction in the number of waste tires at the monofill or has experienced an emergency event at the monofill such as a fire or flood.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)