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2013 Binational Tire Management Workshop

TCEQ collaborated with the environmental agency of the Mexican state of Nuevo León to organize a workshop on scrap tire management held in April 2013 in San Antonio. Federal, state, and municipal officials, along with academic and private sector participants, reviewed recent studies and discussed “best practices.”

[See Management of Scrap Tires in the Border Region for a broader range of information on this topic]

On April 3-4, 2013, a binational workshop with diverse stakeholder groups met in San Antonio to address the problem of scrap tire management along the Texas border with Mexico. [See the agenda Adobe Acrobat PDF Document] [Ve el orden del día Adobe Acrobat PDF Document]

Workshop participants included staff from U.S. and Mexican federal environmental agencies (EPA and SEMARNAT, respectively), staff from the environmental agencies of six border states—Texas, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, New Mexico, and Baja California—and representatives of 18 border-area municipalities, including mayors, city managers, and directors of solid waste programs. Also in attendance were private industry, including a high-ranking official from the Rubber Manufacturers Association, faculty from three universities, and staff from two bilateral environmental entities—the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.

Presentations over the two days included summaries of several recent studies of scrap tire issues, a lively roundtable discussion, the latest programmatic news from federal and state agencies, and current tire management plans for in border states.

All registrants were present on the first day; the discussions were lively and reflected the diverse attendance. Fewer people were able to attend the sessions on the second day, and the diminished representation of municipalities reduced the reach of that day’s effort to construct a regional plan that would include consensual goals along with local differences. That effort, however, remains ongoing.

In September 2012 SEMARNAT published the State Plan for Used Tire Management for the State of Tabasco. This plan will serve as a guide to develop state plans for northern Mexico border states. The state of Nuevo León is finishing a Border 2020 study on municipal tire management along the Texas-Mexico border. These two documents, along with the experiences of the workshop, will be used to identify the best and worst parts of current management plans.

Below is a link to each of the presentations, in English and Spanish. These presentations represent the latest information and resources on sustainable tire management.

Workshop Presentations