OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6352

AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES IN CONNECTICUT FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TIRE HAULER LICENSE.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the environmental protection commissioner, by July 1, 2018, to establish a tire hauler license for people in the business of transporting discarded tires. The license must (1) require haulers to deliver the tires to facilities that store, dispose, or use them in a manner that protects the public health and environment, and (2) prohibit haulers from dumping tires illegally. Under the bill, transporting scrap tires for verifiable personal use does not require a license.

The commissioner may charge a reasonable license fee, prescribe the form and manner of applying for the license, and adopt implementing regulations. In developing the license requirements, the commissioner may review and consider the tire hauler license and permit requirements of other states, including Maryland, Michigan, and Texas.

The bill also requires the commissioner, by February 1, 2018, to report to the Environment Committee on beneficial end uses of discarded tires that will result in recycling them in the state rather than exporting and burning them. The commissioner must identify and evaluate using recycled scrap tires in pedestrian and bicycle paths and trails and as construction material, such as roofing shingles. The bill prohibits the commissioner from considering the use of recycled scrap tires in roadways.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Tire Dumping

By law, it is illegal to dump tires on public property or private property owned by another, except at designated, or licensed facilities that the person dumping the tires is authorized to use. Violators are subject to a civil penalty of between $1,000 and $10,000 for each day the violation continues. A court may order the violator to move the tires to a solid waste facility, and, it finds the violation to be willful, may impose a civil penalty of three times the cost of remediation, in addition to other applicable civil penalties. The court also may order a violator to pay restitution to a landowner who has suffered damages (CGS 22a-250 (d) and (h)).

Beneficial Use of Solid Waste

Beneficial use of solid waste refers to using solid waste in a manufacturing process to make a product or as an effective substitute for a commercial product (CGS 22a-209f).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

3

(03/01/2017)