About Us
The Border Tire Network is an on-line network where members connect and collaborate on scrap tire management in the U.S.-Mexico Border region.

Mission

To promote effective scrap tire management by expanding conversations on scrap tire markets, legislation, and management plans.

Members  

Border residents, community, academia, businesses, U.S. and Mexican federal, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations.
 

Members can share their personal scrap tire stories in Share and Learn by starting discussions, sharing information on tire pile locations, and tire projects, and posting photos and videos.  

 

Participation in the Network Workgroups allows members to collaborate on three aspects that are critical for scrap tire management – legislation, markets, and management plans. 

Benefits of Joining

·         Network with Border residents, community, academia, businesses, U.S. and Mexican federal, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations;

·         Learn from others and share findings, research, news, tire pile locations, what’s working, what’s not, best practices and more;

·         Have an opportunity to participate in one of the three Border Tire Network Workgroups on markets, legislation and management; and

·         Utilize the Border Tire Network online tool and e-newsletter.
 

Purpose 

To support the implementation of the US-Mexico Scrap Tire Integrated Management Initiative (Tire Initiative) by increasing communication among scrap tire stakeholders. The Network allows members to communicate detailed information on scrap tire implementation activities, tire pile locations, scrap tire legislation, markets, scrap tire management plans and scrap tire best practices on a regular basis. 

Background  

Millions of scrap tires contaminate the U.S.-Mexico Border region, posing a serious threat to the environment and public health. Improperly managed in stockpiles, illegal dumps, and scattered along road sides, scrap tires are a significant border environmental problem. Along with being ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rats and other disease vectors, tire piles are fire hazards that, if ablaze, generate acute air, water and land contamination.

The Border Tire Network is part of a Border 2012 initiative called the Tire Initiative Collaborative Effort (Collaborative Effort).  Through the Tire Initiative Collaborative Effort, Border states, municipalities and the tire industry are working together to address the border's tire problem.  The purpose of the Tire Initiative Collaborative Effort is to increase awareness and understanding of the Tire Initiative, a scrap tire management framework.

E-newsletter 

Members receive a free e-newsletter. Each issue includes sections highlighting a Border Tire Network member, an action item, and a scrap tire project.

 

Workgroups 

The Border Tire Network has three workgroups relevant to the Tire Initiative Principles.   

Workgroups

Relevant Tire Initiative Action

Potential Tasks/Responsibilities

Legislation 

Action 2

·         Track legislative developments and inform Network of current and upcoming legislation;

·         Review border scrap tire legislation providing input on its effectiveness;

·         Create list of best legislative practices;

·          Stay abreast of other scrap tire legislation throughout the world and determine ability to duplicate for the border;

·         Help shape Border 2012 Tire Group meetings by providing agenda topic ideas; and

·         Provide expertise to EPA and SEMARANT on selected Tire Initiative related projects by providing data, reviewing draft products, and sharing final reports with peers. (for example, updating the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Tire Action Plans which highlights border scrap tire projects.)

Markets

Action 3

·         Collect information on current tire processors and tire markets that exists in the border region;

·         Maintain an up-to-date list of this information;

·         Provide input on potential markets that could be successful in the border region;

·         Help shape Border 2012 Tire Group meetings by providing agenda topic ideas; and

·         Provide expertise to EPA and SEMARANT on Tire Initiative related projects by providing information, reviewing draft products, and sharing final reports with peers. (for example, updating the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Tire Action Plans which highlights border scrap tire projects.)

Management

Action 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

·         Collect information from border municipalities on how they management scrap tires, including information on generators, transportation, storage, and final disposal;

·         Review new and established border scrap tire management programs; 

·         Determine best practices for established programs;  

·         Evaluate these programs to determine which practices can be replicated border-wide;

·         Help shape Border 2012 Tire Group meetings by providing agenda topic ideas; and

·         Exchange expertise between EPA and SEMARANT on Tire Initiative related projects by providing information, reviewing draft products, and sharing final reports with peers. (for example, updating the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Tire Action Plans which highlights border scrap tire projects.)

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