STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENERGY
|11:12 AM to 01:17 PM
|This Meeting was called to order by
|This Report was prepared by
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
|Amended, Laid Over
11:13 AM -- Senate Bill 09-289
Senator Schwartz, sponsor, described the provisions of Senate Bill 09-289 concerning the recycling development fee for waste tires and described problems associated with waste tires in Colorado (Attachment A and Attachment B). She also distributed Amendment L. 001 (Attachment C). In part, the introduced bill directs the Department of Local Affairs to provide up to $60 per ton of waste tires in partial reimbursements to processors and end users of waste tires. Residents of counties or municipalities with a population up to 50,000 people would be allowed to bring an unlimited number of waste tires to a collection event for a per-waste-tire incentive payment. The bill also changes when waste tire fees are collected from the time of disposal to the time of sale and it prohibits the disposal of unshredded waste tires in a monofill tire landfill.
The following persons testified on the bill:
11:25 AM -- Michael Blumenthal, Rubber Manufacturers Association, spoke in opposition to the bill and described problems experienced in Texas and other states that subsidize the cost of collection for waste tires. He also described efforts to increase markets for waste tires in Colorado and responded to questions from the committee about states that have self sustaining markets for waste tires including Illinois and Florida.
Senator Schwartz responded to questions from the committee about the reason for the increasing the per-ton reimbursement rate to processors from $50 to $60 and how this would help stimulate the market for waste tires.
11:45 AM -- Mr. Blumenthal continued to respond to questions from the committee concerning on policies that help develop markets for waste tires and other issues.
11:50 AM -- Jeani Ringkob, Vance Brothers, spoke in support of the bill and described the use of waste tires in the production of rubberized emulsified aggregate slurry for road repairs and construction (Attachment D). She also responded to questions from the committee about how the bill will help waste tire producers increase production.
12:02 PM -- Michael Horn, Foothills Paving and Maintenance, Inc., spoke in support of the bill.
12:06 PM -- Chad Barker, Geocycle, Holcim, Inc, spoke in support of the bill. He also responded to questions about barriers to creating markets under the current program and how his company currently uses waste tires for road materials.
12:16 PM -- Marjorie Griek, Colorado Association of Recycling, spoke in support of the bill and described the benefits of providing grants to encourage the use of waste tires.
12:23 PM -- Rick Welle, Front Range Tire Recycle, Inc., spoke in support of certain provisions of the bill and expressed concern about other provisions. He also described changes in the per-ton payment from the Department of Local Affairs and how it affects waste tire processors.
12:31 PM -- Bruce Eisenhauer, Deputy Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, described the factors that affect the department's reimbursement rates for waste tire processors and users. He also responded to questions from the committee about the department's waste tire program.
12:36 PM -- J.R. Gilles, Child's Play of Colorado, spoke in support of the bill and described how his company uses waste tires in the construction of playgrounds (Attachment E). He also responded to questions about the amount that he pays for recycled tires.
12:41 PM -- Daniel Stonebarger, AcuGreen, Inc, spoke in support of the bill and described the products his company makes from waste tires.
12:45 PM -- Vern Tharp, Solution Financials, spoke in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee about how the bill will affect the market for products made from waste tires.
12:53 PM -- Margy Christiansen, Waste Management, Inc., spoke in support of the bill and described how her company uses waste tires.
Senator Schwartz closed her remarks on the bill.
The bill was laid over and tentatively scheduled for action only on Tuesday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. or upon recess for afternoon committees.