HOLLY HILL, S.C.-The state Department of Health and Environmental Control will begin clearing a pile of about 500,000 tires in July with funds generated from a disposal fee collected on the sale of new tires in the state. The cleanup of Robert High's tire pile in Orangeburg County is the first on the DHEC's list. Mr. High said he started collecting used tires about 12 years ago from area stores.
Taxpayers will pay for the tire removal because stockpiling tires was not illegal until passage of the Solid Waste Act of 1991.
Two other piles will be cleaned up when funds are available. The largest pile in the state has an estimated 2 million tires.
Owner of R.I. dump to stop tire intake
SMITHFIELD, R.I.-The owner of dump with an estimated 33 million tires has agreed to temporarily stop accepting discarded tires.
William Davis said he would comply with a consent order arising from a lawsuit filed last year by Attorney General Jeff Pine.
The suit seeks to have all the tires removed because Mr. Davis allegedly was violating state law by storing or disposing of more than 400 tires a day without a license.
Under the consent order filed in early June in Superior Court, Mr. Davis is expected to draft a response plan in the event of a fire at the 20-acre site.
National network forms in Germany
ESSEN, Germany-A new scrap tire recycling enterprise in Germany, called VEGA (Verwertungs- und Entsorgungs-Gesellschaft for Altstoffe), plans to create a network of 12 partners throughout Germany, with an initial annual tire collection and processing capacity of 300,000 tons, Managing Director Wilhelm Lenz said.
A key element of the VEGA concept is that each partner must be certified by the independent German testing body, TuV Rheinland, under a program to introduce controls on the industry.
The VEGA partners initially will focus on contracting with both the sources of scrap rubber (tire dealers, primarily) and reprocessing/disposal companies to set up a nationwide collection and delivery network.
Calif. top fund local tire 'amnesty' days
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The California Integrated Waste Management Board approved $1 million in grants in June to help local jurisdictions abate tire piles and encourage the recycling of old tires.
A portion of the grant monies will fund several ``amnesty days'' around the state in which the public will be encouraged to turn in old tires at designated facilities.
The program is an attempt to reduce illegal dumping of tires, which the CIWMB said is a major problem in California.
The grants are funded from a 25-cent fee for each used tire consumers leave with dealers.
STMC issues glossary of scrap tire terms
WASHINGTON-The Scrap Tire Management Council has issued a ``Glossary of Scrap Tire Terminology,'' containing common terms used in the scrap tire industry and their definitions.
The glossary is available for $5 from the STMC, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington D.C. 20005; (202) 408-7781.