20. March 2024

The Product Stewardship Institute | Tackling Tire Waste: EPR Solutions and Success Stories

The Product Stewardship Institute invites you to join its webinar on Tackling Tire Waste: EPR Solutions and Success Stories.

  • Date: March 20
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 EST
  • Location: Zoom (register below)

Each year, over 250 million tires are discarded in the U.S., with only 40% being recycled. The remaining tires are either burned as tired-derived fuel, (which the tire industry erroneously considers recycling), illegally dumped, or landfilled leading to negative public health and environmental impacts.

In 2023, Connecticut became the first U.S. state to enact an extended producer responsibility (EPR) law for tires, which aims to combat illegal dumping, boost tire retreading and recycling, and deliver cost savings to municipalities and taxpayers. EPR has long been a viable policy solution for managing scrap tires in Europe and Canada. With tire EPR programs in place for nearly two decades in 21 of 28 EU member states, with many achieving a 100% diversion rate. In Canada, where similar programs have been operating since 2007, with each province overseeing individual EPR programs. Since implementation, more than 84% of tires have been diverted from landfill and turned end-of-life tires into valuable resources used to displace new materials in products and packaging.

As momentum for tire EPR continues to grow in the U.S., PSI turns to an expert panel for lessons learned and insights on best practices for scrap tire management. The panel, moderated by PSI’s CEO and Founder Scott Cassel, includes PSI’s Director of Policy and Programs, Dr. Suna Bayrakal, who has developed and analyzed tire EPR programs for over a decade. Tom Metzner, EPR lead for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will share how the state developed, enacted, and is now implementing its landmark EPR law. Barry Takallou of Crumb Rubber Manufacturers will provide insights into the business benefits of tire EPR laws. Lastly, Steve Meldrum, CEO of eTracks Tire Management Systems, will offer his perspective on the success factors behind Canadian tire EPR programs.