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Missouri to reestablish scrap tire program.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is moving toward reestablishing its scrap tire program. The state's Waste Tire Fee expired Jan. 1, 2004, but starting in October, retailers will begin collecting a 50-cent fee for every new tire purchased in Missouri.

The DNR estimates the scrap tire fee will generate about $2.1 million a year.

The new law includes a Missouri vendor preference that provides a competitive advantage to Missouri businesses that participate in tire site cleanups. The bill also gives the director of the Department of Natural Resources authority to use scrap tire funds for public health, environmental and safety projects in response to environmental emergencies such as tire fires.

"The department's waste tire program was one of the top 10 in the nation," Doyle Childers, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, says. He adds that the DNR is "ecstatic" to see the renewal of the scrap tire fee and to be able to reestablish the scrap tire program.

The department will continue to use the money generated from the fee to clean up scrap tires from Missouri's landscapes and countryside.
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Title Annotation:NONMETALLICS
Publication:Recycling Today
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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