LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Scrap tire recyclers may garner a stronger voice through the American Retreaders Association's newly created Tire & Rubber Recycling Advisory Council. The ARA board created the council in April and approved its mission statement June 25 during the board's summer meeting in Louisville.
The council, which will act as an advisory group to the board, is dedicated to representing the various aspects of the recycling industry, including scrap tire collectors, processors and equipment manufacturers.
ARA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth said a focus group met in March to determine if there was a need for this type of council. Twelve representatives from all facets of the recycling industry agreed during the meeting that ``there was a strong demand for representation in the ARA and for the ARA to take a more active roll in legislation, market development, regulations. . . ,'' he said.
Another existing advisory council mainly focuses on the concerns of retreaders and new-tire dealers, Mr. Bozarth said.
The TRRAC ``offers, under the ARA, a forum for tire recycling people to air issues regarding the industry,'' explained council Chairman Dick Gust of Achievor Tire L.P. in Chicago. ``There is no (other) organization to represent them.''
Mr. Gust, an ARA director, noted that scrap tire processors and equipment makers have increased their presence at the ARA's annual trade show ``dramatically'' during the past five years, and a growing number of ARA members are involved in the scrap tire recycling industry.
In response, the ARA trade show has established a designated exhibit area for scrap tire processors and related companies, as well as an outdoor section for scrap tire processing equipment demonstrations, and several of the show's educational seminars address scrap tire recycling.
The TRRAC hopes it can reach out to more people in the scrap tire industry and encourage them to join the association and participate in programs that would be offered under the auspices of the ARA, Mr. Gust said.
The TRRAC's mission statement includes the following objectives:
Promote the reuse and recovery of tire and tire-derived materials;
Increase the marketability of recyclable tires and recycled rubber products and applications;
Maintain a vigorous, constant and credible advocacy program;
Promote and assist the tire and rubber recycling industries in legislative, judicial and regulatory arenas;
Provide members the information and tools needed to function and thrive, including education, training and networking opportunities; and
Ensure that decision makers, the general public, the tire industry and the media understand the contribution of the private-sector tire and rubber recycling industry to the environment and to public health and safety.
Besides Mr. Gust, members of the council include: Charles Astafan of Columbus Mckinnon Corp., Sarasota, Fla.; Hazel Blankenship of T.Y.R.E.S. Inc., Fontana, Calif.; Linda Dalton of Dalton Tire Recycling, Ashland, Ky.; Tiffany Hughes of American Tire Recyclers, Jacksonville, Fla.; Ken Kirby of AZ Tire, Springfield, Ill.; Michael Rouse of Rouse Rubber Industries Inc., Vicksburg, Miss.; and Jan Winsborough of The Tire Recyclers, Casper, Wyo.
Mary Sikora of Recycling Research Inc., Suffield, Conn., is the council's advisor and Stephanie McCoubrey, executive director of the Western States Tire & Automotive Service Association, will serve as ARA advisory council liaison.