PARIS (Feb. 10)—Tire and auto manufacturers in France now are footing the bill for collecting and recycling used tires because of a new law. The law shifting the cost of recycling from dealerships and garages to the manufacturers covers passenger and light-truck tires and, after Dec. 30, larger truck tires. Seven tire firms—Groupe Michelin and its Kleber unit, Bridgestone/Firestone, Goodyear and its Dunlop operation, Continental A.G., and Pirelli Group—will coordinate collective recycling efforts through Aliapur, a trade association they formed in January 2002. Under the law, the tire producers must pay annually for the collection and recycling of a weight of tires equal to the weight of tires it sold in France that year. Aliapur estimates the per-tire cost at 65 cents to $1.63, depending on tire size. Auto makers are responsible for tires fitted on new carsÃ¹including imported tiresÃ¹while the tire manufactures must pay for replacement tires.