WASHINGTON-Business and marketing aspects of scrap tire recycling will be the centerpiece of the Scrap Tire Business Development Conference, scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Tacoma, Wash. A joint project of the Scrap Tire Management Council and the Clean Washington Center, the conference will present information on state and private sector financing for scrap tire recycling projects, as well as financial planning guidance for recyclers.
Marketing concepts for recycled scrap tire products, scrap tire legislation and state-of-the-art processing technologies also will be discussed.
The conference will stress the integration of recycling technologies and product marketing, according to Michael Blumenthal, STMC executive director.
``On the processing end, we hope to let people know what kinds of particle size and shape you get from different processing equipment,'' Mr. Blumenthal said. ``We want to educate them about the different particles and what kinds of uses there are for them.
``We will show the hand-in-glove relationship between processing and marketing,'' he added. This includes the different segments of the scrap tire industry and successful methods of marketing for each.
The business development conference is a way to help rubber recycling entrepreneurs develop viable markets for their products, according to David Dougherty, director of the Clean Washington Center.
The CWC is the major public agency in the state of Washington for market development of recycled materials. It also works with agencies in other states and on the federal level to enhance recycling programs and avoid duplication.
The conference will be open to members of the general public. ``(This will enable) us to reach a wide audience with technology-neutral, scientifically valid information,'' Mr. Dougherty said.
For more information about the conference, contact the STMC, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington D.C. 20005; (202) 408-7781.