Tire disposal fees go towards recycling

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Northwest Arkansas Solid Waste Management District recently entered into an agreement with a new tire processor, Champlin Tire Recycling Inc., based out of Concordia, Kan. The tires collected will now be re-purposed, including being ground into material that is made into park benches and playground mulch. District tires entering the recycling/re-purposed stream are positive steps in the ongoing goal of waste diversion.

The cycle of new tires swapped for old tires turns out to be more complicated than one may think. When a customer buys a new tire at a tire retailer in the state of Arkansas, a fee is collected at the point of sale to help cover the cost of disposing of that tire down the road. Basically, any tire that is going on a licensed vehicle has this waste tire fee attached.

The tire retailers in turn forward collected fees to the Miscellaneous Tax Section of the Department of Finance and Administration. DF&A in turn forwards a portion of fees collected to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, which pays out funds to each of the solid waste districts in Arkansas in the form of waste tire grants. These grants are received quarterly and help cover the cost of properly disposing waste tires generated in this district.

The largest tires, including tractor tires, excavation equipment tires, and over-the-road tires are considered specialty tires and do not have a fee attached to them at the point of sale.

The grant received from ADEQ covers the costs of disposing licensed vehicle tires but it does not cover the costs of disposing of specialty tires. Although this district is not a large generator of such tires, there are some in the district waste flow, and without recovering the funds needed to dispose of them, they put the rest of the tire program in financial difficulty.

In order for the waste district to cover the costs of tire disposal, the board has adopted a specialty tire pricing schedule. This fee schedule is not in excess of the disposal costs incurred by the district and it is not a city, county, or state fee. This is a district fee.

These specialty tire district fees will be expected upon delivery to the district Waste Tire Collection Centers.

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