SACRAMENTO (July 11, 2011)—Scrap tire diversion reached an all-time record of 81 percent in California in 2010, up from 72.6 percent the year before, according to California Tire Market Report: 2010 just issued by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
However, imports of baled and processed tires to Pacific Rim nations, mostly for tire-derived fuel, accounted for most of the increase, CalRecycle said. Domestic TDF use also played an important role in the California scrap tire market, the report said.
“If waste tire exports and domestic tire-derived fuel were excluded, the overall California waste tire diversion rate would be only 45.2 percent,” the report said.
The report is “a good news, bad news story” for California tire recyclers and dealers, said Terry Leveille, legislative representative for the California Tire Dealers Association, in the July 11 issue of his California Tire Report.
“With haulers paying as low as $20 a ton to deliver whole waste tires to ports in Oakland, Long Beach and Los Angeles à some tire recyclers are seeing their formerly robust tire flow—and subsequent output—severely reduced,” Leveille wrote.