MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-Tire and rubber product manufacturers, recyclers and technical experts will discuss the future of rubber recycling during the 74th annual meeting of the Rubber Association of Canada, March 3-4, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. The program will include a symposium of technical experts and rubber recyclers covering topics such as: manufacturing challenges of recycled rubber, rubberized asphalt, tire-derived fuel and rubber recycling opportunities.
David Sukuzi, a noted Canadian environmental analyst and host of his own television series, The Nature of Things, will deliver the keynote address.
In addition, more than 40 exhibitors will display new products, services and technologies for the recycling industry.
For more information, contact the Rubber Association of Canada, 89 The Queensway West, Suite 308, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2V2; (905) 270-8322.
Mid-South plans to hike capacity
SMACKOVER, Ark.-Mid-South Reclamation Industries Inc. of Smackover has installed new shredding equipment, enabling the tire processor to increase capacity from 1 million to 4 million tires waste annually.
Last year, the company processed about 1.25 million tires, mostly into tire-derived fuel (TDF) chips, but the company won't be running at full capacity until it can acquire new sources of old tires, according to CEO Terry Atha. As the largest processor in the state, Mid-South collects tires from 25 counties and is considering expanding into neighboring states.
The company, which already has a TDF supply contract with Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s local pulp and paper mill, also is looking to sell TDF to cement kilns and steel mills that currently are testing the fuel.
NTS nets supply contract for TDF
MINNEAPOLIS-National Tire Services Inc. has finalized an agreement to supply tire-derived fuel to Lonestar Industries Inc.'s cement plant in Oglesby, Ill.
Lonestar, which operates cement plants nationwide, currently has two fueled with TDF. NTS will supply the Oglesby plant with TDF generated at its Chicago division and, potentially, its Mackinaw, Ill., processing plant.
Lonestar's Oglesby plant has the capacity to burn an estimated 18,000 tons of TDF annually.
NTS, a waste tire collection and disposal company with operations in 12 states, said the nature of the latest agreement ``allows NTS to stabilize the `cost of disposal' for its customers at the same time that it provides `environmental assurance' of the ultimate disposal of their waste tires.''
Waste Recovery's earnings fall 90%
DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc. said casing shortages and a lack of TDF markets contributed to an 89.9-percent plunge in earnings for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30.
Earnings plummeted to $6,625, from $65,381 in the 1992 quarter, despite a 1.9-percent gain in sales to $2.18 million. Nine-month earnings climbed $9,447 into the black, compared with a loss of $16,842 the previous year. Sales jumped 12.4 percent to $6.37 million.
The tire collection and processing firm attributed the poor results to: a lack of tire-derived fuel markets for its processing division in Portland, Ore., forcing the firm to continue higher cost disposal methods; a lack of tire casings to shred at its Houston plant due to state regulations; and a slowdown in both casings received and TDF sold in the Atlanta market.
Sherfiff declares war on dumpers
MONTROSS, Va.-Virginia's Westmoreland County has begun cracking down on the proliferation of illegal tire dumping by having its sheriff's deputies stop trucks carrying tires at night.
On Feb. 9, authorities discovered their third heap of used tires in two weeks near a back road.
While the last pile contained only 15-20 tires, the two other piles found in adjoining subdivisions in the eastern part of the county contained about 125 worn-out truck tires, Sheriff C.W. Jackson said.
He theorized that the tires are being dumped by haulers who have been hired to take them to authorized disposal sites, but found it more profitable to dump their loads in the woods.
He has asked his deputies to be on the lookout for trucks hauling bald tires at night and follow them or stop them to find out who they work for and what they're doing.
Scrap recyclers to meet in March
WASHINGTON-More than 3,000 professional scrap recycling processors, brokers and consumers, as well as equipment suppliers, are expected to attend the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' annual convention and exposition, March 16-19, at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Herb Cohen, a practicing negotiator, will address a general session on ``You can negotiate anything''-also the title of his best-selling book.
Dr. Peter Hanson will discuss how to correctly manage stress while David Pearce Snyder of The Futurist magazine, will explore managerial and organizational changes that will enable companies to prosper.
For more information, contact Sandra Fitzgerald at ISRI headquarters: 1325 G St. N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005-3104; (202) 466-4050.
MPCA to fund rubber guardrails
ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has awarded tire-recycling grants to two firms involved in developing rubber guardrails and manhole adjusting rings.
American Rubber Recycling Centers Inc. of Brooklyn Park, Minn., received $30,000 to design and safety-test a highway guardrail off-set extension-essentially a rubber block made with tire-derived rubber, molded and placed behind a metal guardrail for support and cushion if hit.
Virtual Industries Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., also garnered a $30,000 grant to design and develop a prototype mold for a ``rubber manhole adjusting ring'' made with scrap tire rubber.
The adjusting rings would provide support below a road surface for the sewer-access opening.