Stiff fines could be imposed on California retreaders who fail to fill out waste tire forms.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board, responsible for all the state's scrap tire management issues, imposed new regulations that took effect July 1.
Under those rules, those who transport 10 or more waste or used tires must have a valid waste tire hauler registration and possess copies of manifests and tire trip logs during the transportation of waste or used tires. Persons receiving 10 or more waste or used tires from unregistered haulers must report the haulers to the CIWMB.
Failure to do so could result in fines of up to $25,000.
The board said the goal is to eliminate illegal storage or disposal of used and waste tires by tracking them through the reporting process.
The regulations, which went virtually unnoticed by most California retreaders, created an uproar at the Pacific Grove-based Tire Retread Information Bureau, which sent an urgent memo to its members notifying them of the law. In the memo, Managing Director Harvey Brodsky claims ``the paperwork burden on retreaders could be overwhelming, and the penalties for non-compliance are draconian (up to $25,000 per violation, per day).''
TRIB, the Tire Industry Association, the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the California Tire Dealers Association-North and any dealers who chose to attend were to meet July 8 with the top official of CIWMB's waste tire hauler division.
The groups hope to get the regulations modified to ease the burden on retreaders.
Brodsky-who found out about the regulations when Becky MacDicken, TIA director of governmental affairs, asked him to investigate a complaint from an upset retreader-attended a recent CIWMB workshop on how to use the mandated manifest documents.
``That's how complex they are,'' Brodsky said of the paperwork. ``They have to have a half day of training to teach people how to fill out a form.''
A retreader who picks up tires is considered a waste tire hauler according to CIWMB's definition and must fill out a form where the tires are collected, Brodsky said. The retreader and the trucking company both must fill out this form, he said, or face penalties.
Each time tires are picked up, the manifest must be filled out. When the tires are delivered to a retread shop, that shop is then considered a ``waste tire end-use facility'' under CIWMB regulations, and the retreader must fill out the same form again, Brodsky said.
The cycle repeats itself if a retreader must return tires that aren't suitable for retreading. Additionally, each tire on a manifest document must be logged on a separate form.
Most large retreaders-Wingfoot Tire Systems L.L.C., Michelin Retread Technologies Inc., Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. and Tire Centers L.L.C.-weren't aware of the regulations until TRIB contacted them, Brodsky said.
He wants tire industry officials and retreaders to propose an alternative plan that would involve using the work order on the receipt when a retreader picks up tires.
Ejnar Fink-Jensen, executive director of the CTDA-North, said if nothing changes after the July 8 meeting with the CIWMB, the association would appeal to its members to lobby their legislators on the issue. He said the members of the CTDA-North are angry about the manifest system and think the legislature should have made a distinction between retreaders and tire haulers.
MacDicken said the waste board seems open to meeting with industry members, and didn't mean to harm the industry when it imposed the rules.