ELKHART, Ind.-Custom Form Manufacturing Inc. recently has built a 50,000-sq.-ft. facility in Knox, Ind., to produce rubber truck-bed mats from recycled tires. The company's Custom Form Rubber Division, which makes proprietary light truck accessories, is using a technique incorporating crumb rubber.
Initially, Custom Form will purchase its crumb rubber from outside sources, but the firm has plans to install the equipment to makes its own crumb in the future, a company official said.
Indiana bans whole tires from landfills
INDIANAPOLIS-A ban on landfilling whole tires went into effect July 1 in Indiana. Now tires have to be cut into four pieces before they are taken to landfills, the state Department of Environmental Management said.
The ban is part of IDEM's plan to promote proper scrap tire management and disposal. The plan is expected to reduce the risk of uncontrolled fires and provide materials for scrap tire markets, IDEM said.
Pa. bill to provide recycling tax credits
HARRISBURG, Pa.-State Rep. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, is proposing legislation to recycle nearly 36 million used tires stored throughout the state by providing investment tax credits for companies who use scrap tires or purchase recycling equipment to make use of the tires.
The Department of Environmental Protection estimates that a statewide cleanup effort would cost about $36 million, he said. With companies recycling tires under Mr. Argall's plan, costs could be cut to about $6 million, which would be the money allotted for tax incentives, he said.
The bill also prohibits landfills from accepting waste tires and requires storage facilities for waste tires to be registered by DEP. An identical bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. David Brightbill, R-Lebanon.
STMC offers transcript of 1994 conference
WASHINGTON-The Scrap Tire Management Council has released the proceedings of Scrap Tire '94, the Scrap Tire Business Development Conference, held last September in Tacoma, Wash.
Copies of the 431-page document are available for $25 from the STMC, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20005; (202) 682-4880.
Calif. awards grants for recycling R&D
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The California Integrated Waste Management Board has awarded $700,000 in grants to 10 firms for research and development projects involving scrap tires.
Among the recipients, Redwood Rubber received $75,000 to study the viability of manufacturing roofing material with 100-percent devulcanized tire rubber in Corte Madera, Calif.; Gainer & Associates will use $63,867 to study the feasibility of baled tires as a structural medium in retaining walls in Arcata; and Coalition Technologies Inc. will use its $75,000 grant to evaluate the earthquake-worthiness of concrete masonry bricks containing ground tire rubber in Midland.
The CIWMB also awarded $657,023 in grants to 21 local governments to establish tire collection events, cleanup projects and public education programs.
Nebraska DEQ sues scrap tire collector
LINCOLN, Neb.-The state Department of Environmental Quality has filed a lawsuit to shut down what it says is an illegal scrap tire dump operated by Strong Tire Co. of Brandon, S.D.
The suit alleges Michael Strong buried and stored thousands of scrap tires, collected from garages and tire dealerships, on about six acres of land he owns east of Wakefield, Neb. The DEQ said he does not have a required permit to operate a solid waste management facility.
Mr. Strong denied any wrongdoing. He said he is operating an ``industrial type of facility'' for which he maintains DEQ has no permit.
The DEQ is seeking a permanent injunction to stop Mr. Strong from taking any more scrap tires to the site. He could face penalties of up to $10,000 a day.
R-B Rubber stock to fund expansion
McMINNVILLE, Ore.-In an effort to retire $1.9 million in debt and generate working capital, R-B Rubber Products Inc. made an initial public offering of 950,000 common shares May 11, which began trading at $4.25 per share on the NASDAQ and OTC exchanges.
R-B incurred the debt earlier this year when it purchased equipment to expand its capability to process whole tires into crumb rubber. The firm uses the crumb to produce heavy rubber mats for horse trailers, weight rooms and playgrounds.
The expansion nearly doubled the capacity of the plant both for processing tires and for manufacturing matting.
In 1994, R-B processed the equivalent of 1 million tires, and manufactured 240,000 square feet of matting per month.
The company expects to have all the new equipment in place and functioning by the end of the summer, a spokesman said.
WRI to increase Texas TDF capacity
DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc. has gained an increase in its monthly reimbursement allocation from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission that will allow its Texas tire-derived fuel processing facility to boost its operations closer to full capacity.
The state had limited WRI's reimbursement from the Texas Waste Tire Recycling Fund to about 170,000 shredded tires a month during the past year. The new allocation increases the amount to 416,097 tires a month.