State Assembly approves Frazier’s tire recycling bill

Increases Grant Funding to Cities, Counties, and Other Local Governmental Agencies

Sacramento, CA – A bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) to increase funding to cities and counties for transportation projects that utilize environmentally friendly Rubberized Asphalt Concrete cleared the State Assembly and now moves on to the Senate. Assembly Bill 513 also increases grant funding to local governmental agencies, such as regional park districts that include access for people with disabilities.

Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) is a road paving material that combines waste tires and asphalt binder to create a strong and durable product that successfully recycles tires. RAC not only benefits the environment by reducing the number of tires that are landfilled or burned each year,  but it also provides more durability than regular asphalt and reduces road noise by around five decibels.

I had hands-on experience with RAC as Chair of the State Route 4 Bypass Authority and was able to see the direct benefits of this product,” said Assemblymember Jim Frazier. “This bill will help us be good stewards to the environment and incentivizes the use of this great product in paving and disability access projects.”

In California, about 23.4 million waste tires are landfilled, exported, or burned each year. If not managed correctly, these waste tires pose a threat to California’s environment, public health, and safety. Stockpiled waste tires are a major fire risk and are an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos, which carry many diseases such as West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Malaria.

RAC is a proven product that has many benefits, including being cost effective, durable, safe, quiet, and a great alternative to traditional road paving materials,” said Karen Keene from the California State Association of Counties. “This bill would encourage activities that promote reducing waste tires going to landfills and eliminating stockpiling.”

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011.

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