On June 5, the Connecticut Legislature passed HB6486, making Connecticut the first state in the nation to pass an Extended Producer Responsibility law regulating producer involvement in post-consumer management of waste tires. Slated to go into effect on January 1, 2024, the measure requires tire manufacturers to finance, operate, and report on the post-consumer management of their products. The bill is designed to reduce illegal dumping and increase tire recycling.
According to bill proponents, waste tires negatively impact the environment in a multitude of ways: leaching chemicals into air, water, and soil systems; causing insect infestations; and remaining undecayed for hundreds of years. This EPR bill not only helps address these issues, but it sets the stage for future EPR policies to address other issues of waste management.
ECOS has a longstanding resolution in support of EPR and product stewardship.