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Atlanta officials join forces to crack down on scrap tires

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New regulations clarify the use and placement of carrier and storage decals for scrap tires. The deadline for existing carriers to obtain this decal is Aug. 1.
Officials from across the state gathered at the Georgia Capitol on July 8 to educate the community on the new scrap tire law.


“Discarded scrap tires create blight in Atlanta and communities across Georgia,” said Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta). “State laws have been strengthened to better track the storage, hauling, and disposing of used tires. Clarified regulations will help the hard working men and women in this industry comply with the law. And we are very committed to assist cities and counties to curb illegal scrap tire dumps that threaten neighborhoods and property values.”


Sen. Orrock was joined by State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) and Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd and Felicia Moore at the press conference at the Capitol.  
House Bill 226 was originally introduced in the Georgia House by State Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange) and grew out of local legislation created by Councilmember Sheperd to combat illegal tire dumping in Atlanta.


HB 226 was passed by the 2013 Georgia General Assembly during in 2013 session and became state law April 30, 2013. A summary of the new carrier and storage requirements are available on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division website.
 “The legislation was needed because an estimated 10 million vehicle tires are discarded in Georgia every year,” said Councilmember Sheperd. “My colleagues and I are confronted with illegal dump sites weekly. Literally thousands of tires are collected in the city along in vacant lots, abandoned subdivisions and along our rivers and streams. It’s not just a problem impacting Atlanta. It’s a pervasive problem across our state.”


To apply for the decal, a potential carrier must submit the Scrap Tire Carrier Permit Application to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Necessary forms, technical guidance and the list of approved Processors, Sorters, Landfills and Carriers are available at epd.dnr.state.ga.us. 404-657-5947.

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