California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has flexed his political muscle and signed into law a bill which cleans up scrap tyres along the border with Mexico.
The new scheme aims to use some of the state’s scrap tyres recycling funds to pay for prevention and recycling projects on the Mexican of the border.
The California Tyre Recycling Act imposes a $1 fee on all new tyres sold in California and requires the California Integrated Waste Management Board to establish goals and priorities for waste tyre programmes.
The new law amends the Tyre Recycling Act to include funding of projects in Mexico to prevent the flow of scrap tyres from Mexico to California. Such projects could include education, infrastructure, mitigation, cleanup, reuse and recycling.
Wildcoast, a non-profit environmental organization devoted to protecting the coastlines of California and Baja California, sponsored the bill in the California legislature.
Wildcoast announced on its website: “The passage of this bill represents a significant step in increasing the ability of California to work with Mexico to address shared environmental and health challenges.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office