DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc. plans to install proprietary wire recycling systems, at a cost of $1.2 million, in its three tire-derived fuel processing plants in an effort to reduce production costs by $1 million annually. The company has been paying escalating fees to landfill wire extracted from the 2-inch rubber chips produced at the plants. The new machines' grinders and magnets will reduce the amount of rubber on the wire from 50 percent to 30 percent, making the wire acceptable for sale to scrap steel recyclers, CFO Shari Price said.
Merrick loan legality
BATON ROUGE, La.-The Louisiana inspector general is seeking a ruling from the state attorney general on his claims the state made an illegal $500,000 loan to Merrick Construction Co. to process scrap tires.
Inspector General Bill Lynch said the Department of Environmental Quality did not insure the loan application was properly evaluated before granting the loan in March.
The DEQ has denied the charges, claiming the loan program was authorized by the legislature.
Cottonport, La.-based Merrick has been the only loan recipient.
Kansas tire summit to explore solutions
TOPEKA, Kan.-The Kansas Tire Dealers Association will provide the retailers' perspective on the state's scrap tire disposal problem during the first Kansas Waste Tire Summit, Sept. 26-27, in Manhattan, Kan.
The state Department of Health and Environment organized the summit so government and industry officials could examine scrap tire problems in Kansas and other states and learn about recycling and disposal options.
The summit may also discuss whether the state should change its current waste tire management program, which charges a 50-cent tax on new-tire sales to fund tire abatement grants for local governments.
Crews hauling tires from burnt RMH site
EAST CHICAGO, Ind.-An estimated 20,000 to 70,000 tons of shredded tires scorched in a fire last year at the Rubber Material Handling warehouse in East Chicago, will be trucked to a landfill for final disposal.
The fire at RMH began last July and burned for nearly three months, fueled by the estimated 3 million tires stored there.
The first truck loads of tires headed to a landfill in early August, according to the Prime Group Inc., managers of the industrial complex that housed RMH. The clean-up is expected to take 90 days.
New firm to market Future Cube process
WILMINGTON, Del.-A new Delaware company, American Future Cube Inc., will begin marketing the ``Future Cube'' technology and equipment throughout the U.S. and offer exclusive territories.
The Future Cube is a 3-foot cube made of 20 automobile tires compacted and baled by a Target Compaction hydraulic machine and encapsulated in concrete.
The firm said the cube can be used in constructing walls, barriers, erosion control, reefs and buildings.
Tire fire seminars slated for Midwest
WASHINGTON-The Scrap Tire Management Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Region V will host one-day tire fire prevention/fighting seminars at the Detroit Metro Airport, Sept. 28, and in Reynoldsville, Ohio, Oct. 13.
The seminars will explain the nature of tire fires and how to reduce response time and offer presentations on regulatory requirements, state fire and health codes and information on long-term storage of scrap tires.