NEW ORLEANS-Merrick Construction Co. has decided it has had enough publicity over a controversial $500,000 state loan and has borrowed money from a bank to pay back the state, a company spokeswoman said. After the Louisiana waste tire program issued the loan last spring, questions were raised about the friendship between the owner of the firm, Max Merrick, and the official overseeing the state's program.
A subsequent investigation suggested no problem with that relationship, but the Louisiana attorney general said the loan was not legal because the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality failed to fulfill all the legal steps in setting up the program.
The LDEQ halted any further loans under the program while the necessary rules were written.
EnTire opens cryogenic operation in Nebraska
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.-EnTire Recycling Inc. has begun accepting retailers' scrap tires at its new 16,000-sq.-ft. facility in Nebraska City, which will use a cryogenic process to reduce the tires to rubber granules.
The firm, founded in 1993, used a $311,000 grant from the state's recycling fund, as well as private and public loans, to help finance the project.
It expects to reach full capacity by March and process up to 1.2 million tires annually.
EnTire plans to sell the granules to makers of molded rubber products, rubberized asphalt and athletic surfaces.
WRI hikes revenues, income in 3rd qtr.
DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc. boosted third-quarter sales by 10.1 percent to $3.53 million, compared with the year-ago period, as earnings edged up 4.5 percent to $142,684.
But during the nine-month period, ended Sept. 30, net income dropped 47.6 percent to $174,152 as sales jumped 16.5 percent to $9.96 million.
The Dallas-based tire processor said the third-quarter results were expected as the company incurred losses in upgrading of its recently acquired Domino Salvage tire processing plant in Conshohocken, Pa.
Ohio EPA proposes scrap tire regulations
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has drafted rules that require registration of scrap tire haulers and storage sites and establish a paper trail for discarded tires.
The proposed rules ban whole tires from landfills in January and ban tire shreds from landfills in 1997.
Retailers are exempt from registration requirements if they haul fewer than 250 tires a year and store less than 1,000 scrap tires outdoors. Retreaders are exempt from registering as a scrap tire recovery facility.
Merrick grinding up New Orleans' tires
NEW ORLEANS-Merrick Construction Co. has been spearheading the eradication of scrap tire piles in New Orleans since Aug. 1.
The city hired the Cottonport, La.-based company to dispose of about 1 million tires in dumps within the city limits, according to a Merrick Construction spokesman. The firm expects the clean-up effort to continue through February.
The scrap tires are being shredded and crumbed for resale at the Cottonport Monofill, a designated tire recycling facility owned by Merrick Construction, the spokesman said.
European coalition eyes disposal fee
PARIS-A coalition of 48 companies and trade groups, called the ``European Tyre Recycling Association,'' is proposing a Europe-wide disposal/collection fee-on the order of $2.50 to $10-on new tires that would raise up to $800 million annually to help finance development of re-use and reprocessing applications for scrap tires.
ETRA promotes re-use according to a ladder of priorities that begins with prevention and emphasizes re-use and reprocessing, with decreasing focus on incineration and landfilling.