CHICAGO (June 9) — Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has joined with the State of Illinois to create the Scrap Tire Cleanup Guidebook as a resource for solid waste managers across the U.S.
According to the EPA, the book is designed to help tire manufacturers, state and local government regulators, auto recyclers and auto collectors alike. It contains sections on scrap tire cleanup programs, legal considerations, property issues, cost recovery, local and regional scrap tire markets, cleanup planning, contractor selection and project management.
The book´s acknowledgements include officials of state environmental agencies, tire recycling companies and the Rubber Manufacturers Association. According to the EPA press release announcing the book, more than 290 million scrap tires are generated in the U.S. annually, 20 percent of which are stockpiled rather than directed to end-uses.
The 44-page guidebook is now available free online at www.epa.gov/reg5rcra/wptdiv/solidwaste/tires/guidance.