ARLINGTON, Vt.-More than 300,000 discarded tires could be used in a joint state, federal and local project to repair a hillside in Arlington prone to mud slides. The project is tentatively scheduled for July 15. The barrier would involve the installation of a timber retaining wall with about 316,000 chipped tires placed behind it as fill.
These tires would equal about half the state's annual flow, said Nathan Palmer of Palmer Shredding Inc. in North Ferrisburgh, Vt., which would supply the tires.
City OK's Mobius tire shredding plant
ATWATER, Calif.-City officials have approved the construction of a new $3 million, 18,000-sq.-ft. tire-shredding plant on an 11-acre site that should be ready for operation by September.
Clark Jolley, president of Mobius Industries Inc., told council members that the company will use a four-step mechanical process to separate the main ingredients in tires.
Mobius, based in Salt Lake City, first will remove steel, then fibrous material, leaving pure rubber granules for processing. The rubber powder byproduct can be used for car bumpers and soundproofing, road surfacing projects, running tracks and agriculture.
About 1.2 million tires will be shredded each year at the plant, the first of 20 Mobius hopes to build around the state.
Tire recycling bill headed for Congress
WASHINGTON-Reps. John Dingell, D-Mich., and Al Swift, D-Wash., have announced plans to introduce a targeted recycling bill in this Congress that will include scrap tires and used batteries.
Details on the bill won't be available for at least the next month or two, according to a spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Iowa tire collectors face state lawsuit
WAUCOMA, Iowa-The Iowa attorney general's office has sued several people involved in dumping about 86,000 tires on two northeast Iowa farms.
Officials said Hollis DeVoe, of Ecology Enterprises Inc. in Hazelton, Iowa, brought tires from Minnesota to the two sites, claiming he planned on shredding and recycling the tires. But state inspectors found no evidence of recycling.
In addition to Mr. DeVoe, the state has sued Robert M. and Mary A. Rausch, who had more than 16,000 tires stored outside a farm home in Waucoma along with more than 33,000 tires warehoused in a storage building; and Michael Murray, who rented space to Mr. DeVoe and had nearly 37,000 tires illegally stored in a large open pit on his property in Lawler, Iowa.
Mo. forum to discuss scrap tire markets
COLUMBIA, Mo.-Tire experts from across the country will discuss end-uses for scrap tires during the Waste Tire Market Development Conference, May 5, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.
The conference, funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will cover such topics as: anticipated trends in waste tire use, tire-derived products, federal rubber-modified asphalt usage legislation, waste tire programs in other states and development of procurement programs for retreads.
For more information on the free conference, contact the MDNR at: (314) 526-3941.