TACOMA, Wash.-Business development aspects of scrap tire recycling will be the thrust of an upcoming conference sponsored by the Scrap Tire Management Council and the Clean Washington Center. The conference is scheduled for the Sheraton Hotel in Tacoma Sept. 22-24. ``We get phone calls every day from people who want to know how to get into the scrap tire recycling business,'' said Michael H. Blumenthal, STMC executive director. ``We thought it would be useful to have a forum where we told people precisely how to do that.''
The conference will address the risks of entering the scrap tire recycling field; the proper way to write a business plan for potential investors; and the financial and technical issues surrounding various recycled tire businesses, including tire-derived fuel, asphalt rubber, civil engineering and emerging new products.
State and federal grant and loan programs for recycling industries will be discussed at the conference, as will practical information on tire construction and tire processing equipment.
``We want to teach people that a tire is more than just a black doughnut,'' Mr. Blumenthal said. ``It's a highly technical, highly engineered product that is difficult to recycle because of the irreversible chemical changes needed to make it.''
The Tacoma conference is partly funded by the Recycling Technical Assistance Program (ReTAP) administered by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Mr. Blumenthal is enthusiastic about ReTAP's involvement. ``Part of the ReTAP agreement is that the National Recycling Council can take the information generated at this conference and create a database which the NIST pays for,'' he said.
``This is everything we ever wanted,'' he added. ``We have support from the federal and state governments; we're working with the National Recycling Council, the primary recycling organization in this country; and we're gaining a national database.''
The Tacoma conference will serve as preparation for the STMC 1995 conference, which will concentrate on engineering technology for new recycled rubber products, Mr. Blumenthal said. The meeting site has not been selected yet, but it will be somewhere in the East or Midwest, he said.
Registration for the conference is $295, or $149 for representatives of non-profit organizations or state governments. For more information, call the STMC at (202) 682-4880.