JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-In an attempt to generate more money for Missouri's waste tire program, the legislature has extended the 50-cent new-tire sales fee, due to sunset Jan. 1, until 2001 and eliminated most exemptions to the fee. The new law also: increased the portion of the fee retailers retain to cover collection costs from 5 percent to 6 percent, due to new record-keeping requirements; established a tire trade-in program that requires retailers to accept as many waste tires as new tires sold; and set up a record-keeping system for retailers, waste tire haulers, sites, processors and end-user facilities.
ATR acquires 2 Rebound patents
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-American Tire Recyclers (ATR) has acquired the patents for Rebound soil amendment and Rebound equestrian field amendment from International Soil Systems.
Rebound soil amendment is a blend of compost and crumb rubber that is tilled into the ground about six inches to reduce soil compaction, improve absorption and drainage and enhance ground resiliency. The equestrian amendment is a mix of crumb rubber and soil used in horse arenas.
ATR, previously a licensed producer of Rebound, now plans to develop a national network of producers, marketers and installers of the product.
WRI, R-B Rubber ink supply pact
McMINVILLE, Ore.-Under a new supply agreement, Dallas-based Waste Recovery Inc. will provide R-B Rubber Products Inc. with a minimum of 400 tons of scrap tire chips per month, following an initial four-month start-up.
Before now, R-B Rubber, which manufactures and markets rubber mats and other protective products, primarily used scrap tires and buffings from tire recapping operations for its manufacturing operation, company officials said.
Neb. site owner settles with state
OMAHA, Neb.-Three state agencies and Michael Strong, owner of Strong Tire Co., a tire-storage site near Wakefield, Neb., have agreed to a settlement on alleged violations of state waste-management and fire-safety regulations.
Under the settlement reached among Mr. Strong, the Department of Environmental Quality, the State Fire Marshal and the Attorney General, Mr. Strong will: pay a $5,000 penalty and must allow periodic inspections; construct a fence and earthen berm around the site, estimated to have thousands of tires; and comply with fire regulations on the size of tire piles. The operation will meet regulations so long as Mr. Strong stores tires but does not bury them, a DEQ spokesman said.
SMART to enter pyrolysis business
DELTA, British Columbia-S.M.A.R.T. Systems Corp. signed an agreement Sept. 21 to acquire certain assets of Omnicorp Ltd.-including the intellectual property assets for Pyrolysis Reactor Systems and the fixed assets, inventory and recycling business of NATR-Windgap, which operates two pyrolysis reactors in Windgap, Pa.
The company said its entry into tire recycling via pyrolysis is ``a major step'' in its strategy of becoming a leader in gas, oil and carbon extraction from recyclable products, such as scrap tires and wood.
O & E taps sales, marketing agent
BARRINGTON, Ill.-Shredding Services Inc. of Barrington became the marketing and sales agent for the solid waste shredder division of O & E Machine Corp. in September.
Shredding Services will handle all O & E sales and disseminate its literature and advertising. Shredding Services also sells and leases reconditioned and used shredders, supplies replacement parts for all shredder makes and offers a knife rebuilding service.