Who Should Pay to Advance a Circular Economy for Scrap Tires?

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About 3.9 million tons of waste tires are generated annually in the U.S., and each state for the most part is on its own to manage them. About 35 states have set up consumer-funded programs to manage the waste and see that scrap tires are put to use. But there aren’t enough end markets, and stewardship organizations and some state regulators say industry should share the burden of dealing with the material.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) disagrees, saying it should be on the states to ensure that scrap tires are responsibly managed and to grow end-use markets. And there’s already a fairly robust market: tire-derived fuel. But the opposition argues that burning tires to make fuel is not environmentally sustainable, and that the robustness of the market depends on the region.

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