LANSING, Mich.-Gov. John Engler has signed two bills extending Michigan's scrap tire cleanup program funding for another five years and expanding the state's scope to include tire cleanup on private property. The 50-cent scrap tire assessment on the state's vehicle transfer fee was due to expire at the end of 1995. One of the bills originally called for increasing the tire assessment to $1.50 to generate an additional $2.8 million annually.
The extra funding would have helped the state handle cleanup of the estimated 20 million tires stockpiled on both public and private lands, according to Kyle Cruse of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
To address funding and other problems, the legislature has appointed a sub-committee to review the state scrap tire act.
Repco loses bid to halt recycling
PHOENIX-Repco Waste Tire Recovery of St. Louis lost its bid to halt tire recycling in Arizona's Maricopa County.
A Superior Court judge denied Repco's request for a restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop further tire recycling in the county until its suit with the county for monetary damages was settled.
Repco, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and its predecessor collected scrap tires and more than $1 million from the county under a 1993 contract to build a tire recycling facility, which has yet to become a reality.
The county issued an emergency purchase order last July to Baker Southwest Inc. of Mesa, Ariz., to remove and recycle about 237 tons of tires a day from the county's collection sites.
2 Mo. recyclers merge operations
MACON, Mo.-Worldwide Rubber Recycling Inc. and Recycled Rubber Resources Inc. planned to merge Feb. 1 in an effort to reduce overhead costs and combine complimentary scrap tire reduction equipment by moving to a single production plant, said Richard E. Downey, vice president of Worldwide.
Worldwide uses a cracker mill, and Recycled Rubber has a granulator to reduce scrap tires.
Mike Cartwright, president of Worldwide, will be chairman of the combined companies, and Matthew DeBasio, former president of Recycled Rubber, will be president and CEO.
The merged companies will operate out of the production facility in Macon as Recycled Rubber Resources Inc.
RAC conference to review market
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-Entrepreneurs and manufacturers will be discussing developments in scrap rubber recycling during the Rubber Association of Canada's second biennial Rubber Recycling Symposium & Exhibition, March 6-7, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.
The symposium will include a global outlook on rubber recycling and discussions and updates on rubberized asphalt, tires as fuel in cement kilns, tire-derived fuel, developments in devulcanization and civil engineering applications.
Industry experts also will provide attendees with information on market development, marketing, financing and government regulations.
For more information, contact the RAC at: 89 Queensway Ave. W., Suite 308, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2V2; (905) 270-8322.