INWOOD, W.Va.-Waste Recovery Inc. has entered into a contract with M.A. Associates Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., a broker of tire-derived fuel, and the state of West Virginia to clear out more than 2 million scrap tires at the site where a fire burned for two days last fall. State officials estimate tire-pile abatement at the former Associated Tire Distributors facility in Inwood will take about a year and cost $3 million. About 250,000 tires burned in the fire last September.
WRI will process the tires into TDF at its Atlanta or Dupo, Ill., facilities. WRI said the Inwood site represents the largest abatement project in the nation where the majority of the tires will be recycled into TDF.
Tirtan to build Okla. tire pyrolysis plant
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-Titan Technologies Inc. plans to build a tire pyrolysis plant in the Oklahoma City area that would process approximately 10,000 tires a day.
The Albuquerque-based company said its wholly owned subsidiary, Tire Recycling Technologies Corp., has reached an agreement in principle to build the plant. Construction is expected to begin this spring.
The plant will use proprietary chemical catalysts to break down shredded tires into petroleum, carbon black and steel. But unlike other processes that heat tires at up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, TRTC said its process heats tires only to 450 degrees, which preserves the quality of the by-products.
Titan opened two similar pyrolytic tire recycling plants in South Korea last year.
Tire chips popular in Ill. playgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-The Used Tire Recovery Program of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources said the response to tire chips as playground surface material has been ``overwhelmingly positive'' in that state.
Last year the DENR awarded more than $42,000 in grants to schools, park districts and others to purchase loose-fill scrap tire chips for playgrounds. The department said the grantees have reported a decrease in the number of injuries from falls due to the rubber's shock absorbing qualities.
The playground surface is one of several scrap tire disposal alternatives promoted by the DENR, which is planning to issue another round of grants to finance the procurement of tire chips for playgrounds.
Calif. firm to design rubber roof shake
SAN JOSE, Calif.-Burke Industries has received a $94,000 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board to design a residential roof shake using recycled tire rubber as its principal component.
San Jose-based Burke Industries, which produces rubber products for construction, commercial, military and aerospace use, said it is creating a new market niche for recycled rubber products by developing a roofing shake that looks much like weathered wood and is installed with similar construction methods.
The rubber shake is in the early stages of product development. The company said it expects to install trial roofs in the first half of this year.
Davis Rubber Co. celebrates 70 years
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Davis Rubber Co. is celebrating its 70th anniversary by issuing a catalog dedicated in the memory of its founder, Herschel Samuel Davis, who died Nov. 7.
Mr. Davis founded the company in 1924, making tire patches in an abandoned boxcar. His sons, Phillip and Roger, now own the tire repair material and tire recycling company.