2019 Legislative Audits

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1. Summary of Report 2019-01: Performance Audit of the Waste Tire Recycling Fund

Summary: This audit examines how the Waste Tire Recycling Fund is being used, whether it is accomplishing its intended purposes, and whether the program is operating in compliance with statute. We found that the fund has successfully fostered a strong state waste tire recycling industry but has not been used to adequately addressed clearing some waste tire piles throughout the state. Of primary concern, some counties cannot afford to properly dispose of waste tires as outlined in statute. A large, current fund balance ($4.6 million) could be used to help resolve some issues as was proposed in the 2018 Legislative General Session or the fee could be reduced. We also found the waste tire recycling program could benefit from improved tracking of waste tires and tire piles and additional outreach to landfills is needed. In addition, we found landfills are accepting and disposing of whole waste tires in a manner inconsistent with statute. Furthermore, the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control was aware of these practices and should improve their oversight. The audit report makes multiple recommendations for policy changes to address our findings and strengthen compliance

Full Report -A Performance Audit of the Waste Tire Recycling Fund