Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5149

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND THE EFFICACY OF TIRE HAULING LICENSES OR PERMITS.

Vote Date:

2/24/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/19/2016

File No.:

23

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Environment Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

Connecticut produces over 3 million used tires per year and needs to responsibly dispose of them or find an end use for them. This bill charges the DEEP Commissioner to work with private industry to identify potential end users and report findings by January 1, 2017. Additionally, the commissioner shall obtain information on the efficacy of tire hauler license or permit programs in ensuring that such discarded tires are not illegally dumped.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Robert Klee, Commissioner – Department of Energy & Environmental Protection: The agency feels that due to the work already performed by DEEP, this bill is not necessary. DEEP is already committed to finding solutions to more efficiently manage scrap tires generated in the state, and has engaged stakeholders to better understand which strategies increase recycling, diminish illegal dumping. The agency has already conducted much of the investigation called for by the bill and is encouraged that tire recycling remains a legislative priority.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities: CCM supports the efforts to find beneficial end uses for discarded tires and encourages the establishment of a tire stewardship program.

David Greenstein, Lakin Tire East in West Haven: Mr. Greenstein is concerned that the closure of Exeter Tire to Energy plant, which the consumed 10 million tires per year, has left a void for tire disposal in CT. Today most CT used tires are shipped to Maine and are burned for energy. Some scrap tire businesses are accumulating excessive piles requiring short-term solutions such as tire derived fuel in industrial boilers and engineered products such as landfill covers. He is happy to be in dialogue with DEEP on this issue.

Connecticut Recyclers Coalition: CRC supports the concept of this legislation and would hope the legislation would include a product stewardship component to encourage the proper disposal of tires.

Louis W. Burch, Citizens Campaign for the Environment: Mr. Burch supports HB 5149 conditionally, provided that the final iteration of this legislation explicitly discounts the use of tire crumb in construction materials on public playgrounds and school athletic fields as a valid recycling option for scrap tires.

Luke A. Bronin, Mayor – City of Hartford: Mayor Bronin supports the establishment of a Stewardship Program for tire disposal as the City of Hartford expects to collect and dispose of roughly 6000 tires in 2016.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Mike Paine, Paine's Recycling and Rubbish Removal: Mr. Paine does not want trash haulers to be responsible for errant tires that are concealed in trash receptacles that are then emptied at landfills.

Reported by: Jane Dauphinais

Date: 3/22/16