TRIB will take "legal action" to save retreaders from controversial California waste hauling law

Aug. 4, 2003

The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) plans to enlist legal aid in an effort to force the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) to exempt retreaders from its "draconian" waste hauling law.

Under the law, which TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky calls "ridiculous," retreaders who transport used tires to and from their plants for customers could be subject to fines of up to $25,000 per violation for "offenses" as minor as filling out pick-up and delivery manifest forms incorrectly.

Last month, Brodsky met with CIWMB officials, who refused to budge.

"During one of our recent meetings, I stated that all the waste tires dumped on the side of California highways by California retreaders in a given year could be put into the trunk of my car," Brodsky said in a letter sent to CIWMB offices this past weekend.

"I absolutely stand by that statement and challenge CIWMB to provide evidence to the contrary. If you can, I am certain our members would be willing to abide by the new manifest requirements.

"If you cannot, why are we being subjected to these unnecessary and very expensive requirements?"

Brodksy says TRIB members who operate in California "are complaining about the enormous and very unnecessary paperwork burden" placed upon them by the law, which went into effect July 1.