WASHINGTON-The 300 participants attending the Scrap Tire '94 business development conference in September had positive predictions for the tire recycling market, the Scrap Tire Management Council said. The STMC and the Clean Washington Center sponsored the conference, held in Tacoma, Wash., Sept. 21-24, and attendance exceeded expectations, the STMC said.
A clear consensus was reached at the meeting that the solution to the scrap tire situation can be achieved through implementation of sound business practices and effective state scrap tire regulations, the STMC said.
The STMC will make the conference proceedings available by the end of the year.
Ala. cement plant to use tires as fuel
MOBILE, Ala.-A cement company that evoked the wrath of environmentalists with plans to burn waste solvents in its cement kiln will instead begin using scrap tire chips as a supplemental fuel by the end of the year.
Holnam Inc. has completed a series of tests with the tire chips and will construct a conveyor system to get chips into the kiln.
Local environmentalists, however, still oppose the company's burning of anything other than coal or natural gas.
Holnam plans to buy tire chips mostly from nearby sources to save on transportation costs.
Ark. tire collections pass 1 million mark
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Environmental officials have targeted an estimated 645,000 tires at 10 illegal tire piles around central Arkansas for cleanup over the next year.
Officials already collected more than a million scrap tires in illegal dumps, roadside ditches, backyards and garages in 13 central Arkansas counties over the last 18 months.
State pollution control officials have notified owners of the tires targeted for collection next year.
Officials estimate Arkansans discard more than 2 million tires each year.