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Cities, Counties Get $7 Million To Enforce Waste Tire Laws

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One of the major hazards of stockpiled waste tires is that they can become fuel for dangerous, long-burning fires that release toxic smoke.

"And even if they don't catch fire, stockpiled waste tires - they're breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rats, snakes, that kind of thing."

Heather Jones is with CalRecycle. The agency is dispersing the grant money to more than 40 cities and counties throughout the state to be used in a variety of ways…
"Surveillance and enforcement activities. They can also be used for training for staff or to help businesses with their reporting requirements. So they do some GPS monitoring, lighting - stuff like that - to prevent dumping."
There's no cost to the state's General Fund for the Waste Tire Enforcement Grant Program. The money comes from a recycling fee charged on every new tire sold in California.
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