The city of Atlanta's Public Safety Committee voted in favor of new legislation Tuesday designed to crack down on illegal tire dumping in the city.
"I think it's great, I think we're going to have problems enforcing it," Atlanta Council Member C.T. Martin said.
The legislation has three major components. Now that it has passed committee and if approved by full council next week, all tire stores in the city would be required to mark every tire so they can be tracked.
Plus, scrap tire businesses would only be allowed to have 500 tires on their property, as opposed to 3,000 allowed by the state, and Atlanta police officers would have the right to pull over tire haulers at any time under the new law to inspect their load.
"What we are going to do on a state level is we are going to train the people in the police department that will be doing this type of activity, as well as members of the code enforcement so they will have training from us as to what exactly to look for," said Winthrop Brown with the Environmental Protection Division.
Experts believe the issue herein lies with tire haulers that dump tires illegally in order to avoid paying recycling fees.
"How do you mark the tires and keep those markings on them?" CBS Atlanta News reporter Adam Murphy asked.
"That's a little technical and they're going to really get that worked out because I don't know, but I have a suspicion that if we don't do it in a very sophisticated kind of way the people will probably find a way to move that out," Martin said.
The city's sophisticated way of marking the tires will be with permanent markers that are legible.
The measure will now go before full council Monday, Dec. 3. If approved, then anyone that fails to comply with these requirements could receive a $1,000 fine and or six months in jail.
The new law would not go into effect until April of next year.
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