DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc. completed acquisition of Domino Salvage Tire Division Inc., a scrap tire recycling company in Conshohocken, Pa., in late March. Domino's former owner and president, Andrew J. Sabia, will serve as WRI's vice president of the Northeast region and continue to manage the Domino subsidiary.
WRI will invest about $500,000 in Domino this year to boost its annual tire-derived-fuel processing capacity to 5 million passenger tire equivalents.
Vredestein to head recycling study
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands-Vredestein Rubber Recycling will direct a seven-company research partnership to find practical, commercially viable solutions to recycling factory scrap and scrap rubber into new products.
Four rubber product makers and two research institutes will participate in Vredestein's Tailor Made Rubber Recycling, or ``Tamar-rec,'' program, which will concentrate on conveyor belting and sheeting, molded goods, cooling hoses, extruded profiles and thermoplastics modification.
Maryland begins tire pile clean-ups
HAGERSTOWN, Md.-The state plans to spend $5 million to clean up nine tire piles, beginning with the removal of an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 tires from a pile near Smithsburg, Md.
About $1.25 million has been set aside to remove the tires from the Smithsburg site, owned by Western Commercial Funding Inc., which has filed for bankruptcy reorganization.
The money for the project comes out of a fund created two years ago that charges consumers $1 to dispose of their old tires.
Meanwhile, the Independent Cement Co. plant in Hagerstown, is awaiting a state permit to burn the removed tires in its kilns.
DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc., a major supplier of tire-derived fuel, is declaring 1994 its turnaround year upon reporting record annual income and sales.
The Dallas-based firm ended the year with earnings of $610,556, compared with a net loss of $195,613 the previous year, and revenues of $12.4 million, a 42.1-percent increase over the prior year.
WRI attributed the revenues surge to the increasing number of state and federal regulations that promote proper tire disposal and reuse, and that encourage utilities to use TDF for power generation.
OKLAHOMA CITY-A funding shortfall has prompted the Oklahoma Senate to approve a bill to remove exemptions to the state fee on new-tire sales.
The 1989 Oklahoma Waste Tire Recycling Act applied the $1 per tire fee only to replacement tires, exempting tires on new cars, heavy trucks and farm vehicles.
Oklahoma generates 3 million waste tires a year, but the tire recycling fund accrues only $1 million a year to pay haulers and processors for their disposal, auditors found.
The bill, which awaits House approval, also offers 50-percent state funding for businesses that convert burners to consume waste tires.
W.Va. turns mines
into tire monofils
PARSONS, W.Va.-Since Feb. 1, a state agency has been trucking 7,300 tons of scrapped tires from two piles near Maysville to an old strip mine and deep mine site near Benbush where they are dumped and covered with soil.
The division feared an arsonist could ignite the tire piles and viewed the piles as a potential environmental hazard. So after months of study, a group of engineers and other environmental specialists agreed that burying the tires in an abandoned mine was the safest method of disposal.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-The city of Jacksonville awarded American Tire Recyclers one of its 1994 Environmental Protection Board Awards, in recognition of the Jacksonville-based company's efforts to use crumbed rubber in constructing artificial turf, athletic tracks and other pavement projects in the area.