ATLANTA (March 9, 2011)—A committee of the Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill which among other things extends the $1-per-tire fee on each new tire sold in the state.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Randy Nix, R-LaGrange, extends the fee's expiration date until June 30, 2014, from its current date of June 30, 2011. That provision is part of a larger bill revising the rules governing landfills within the state.
The Georgia House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment reported the bill favorably March 3.
Georgia has collected a $1 fee on tires to pay for scrap tire cleanup since 1992. For most of that time, however, most of the money gathered through the fee has gone to the state's general fund, rather than its Solid Waste Trust Fund.
According to the Georgia Assembly, the state constitution does not allow for designating such fees solely for solid waste management. Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, has introduced a resolution allowing the Assembly to appropriate fees specifically for waste management and to provide by law that such appropriations will not last. The Thomas bill, however, has not advanced since its second reading in the House.