Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) introduced AB 509, a bill designed to reduce greenhouse gases while simultaneously creating jobs by establishing a Tire Recycling Incentive Program (TRIP).
“Californians generate more than 44 million waste tires each year, which harms our environment and is a lost opportunity to stimulate the economy,” stated Frazier. “This bill ensures a higher number of waste tires are recycled, processed and re-manufactured, resulting in new jobs, less waste in our landfills, reduced local government costs and a cleaner environment.”
AB 509 requires CalRecycle to develop and establish the program, which provides incentives for recycled products. This program is expected to double the state’s tire recycling rate from 37 percent to 75 percent by the year 2020. Fifty percent of the funds generated from this program will go to fund rubberized asphalt products; the remainder will go to other recycled products.
“We are proud to support AB 509, which will significantly increase tire recycling, support local infrastructure development, and reduce the incentive for illegal dumping of waste tires,” said Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy with Californians Against Waste. “This is a proven policy approach that will double the state’s tire recycling rate and create California jobs from a material that is largely wasted today.”
AB 509 is currently awaiting assignment to policy committee in the California State Assembly.