COLUMBUS, Ohio- Whole scrap tires are no longer accepted at landfills in Ohio under state Environmental Protection Agency rules that went into effect March 1. Shredded or processed tires will be banned from landfills after March 1, 1997. Under the rules, scrap tire haulers and storage facilities must be registered and haulers must submit annual reports and shipping papers tracking the disposal of tires.
However, tire retailers are exempt from registration requirements if they store less than 1,000 scrap tires outdoors or any number indoors or in containers and transport fewer than 10 scrap tires a load.
Retreaders are exempt if they store less than 4,000 scrap tires in a covered storage area-marked and inventoried retreaded and used tires and casings are not included in the storage limit.
Landfill design forum to tout tire shred use
AUSTIN, Texas- The Texas Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, the Texas Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission will co-sponsor a landfill design seminar that focuses on using scrap tire shreds for landfill cover, leachate collection systems and other purposes.
The March 12 seminar at LaQuinta Conference Center in Arlington, Texas, is geared to city officials, tire processors, solid waste professionals, landfill operators and state regulators.
For more information, contact the TNRCC, P.O. Box 13088, Austin, Texas 78711-3088; (512) 239-2564.
S.D. proposes grants to haulers, shredders
PIERRE, S.D.-The House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would give $500,000 in annual grants to businesses that haul and shred scrap tires.
The bill, which now needs full House approval, would help get rid of about 2 million stockpiled tires in about two years.
New Deal Tire in Groton, S.D., would benefit most from the plan because it is the only tire shredder in the state, while the Big Stone Power Plant near Milbank benefits because it burns New Deal Tire's shredded rubber to make electricity.
The grants would come from a recycling fund financed mostly by the $1 tire-disposal fee on license registrations.
Proposed crumbing plant seeks financing
KISSIMMEE, Fla.-Miami-based NSRG Corp., an environmental clean-up company, is making its first foray into tire recycling with a proposed 40,000-sq.-ft. crumb rubber processing plant in central Florida.
But the firm must come up with $2 million in private financing to augment the $6.6 million in Osceola County-endorsed industrial bonds.
The nearly $9 million plant would employ between 100 and 120 workers to produce crumb rubber as an additive for asphalt road construction. No site has yet been chosen for the plant.
Firms vie to clear last big Wash. dump
WINLOCK, Wash.-Five companies are vying for a $1.2 million contract to dispose of an estimated 2.2 million whole tires and 19 million pounds of shredded tires at a site in Winlock, one of the last large tire piles in Washington.
Kaca Corp., Cascade Environmental Resources Inc., Waste Recovery Inc., Tire Shredders Inc. and Sharp Brothers Inc. are the bidders on the contract that will be awarded on a price-per-ton basis. Ecology officials are also weighing the bidder's disposal strategy.
The state already has spent about $2 million cleaning up 25 tire piles that contained up to 10 million tires.
N.Y. to take aim at tire abatement
ALBANY, N.Y.-New York is facing a waste tire crisis and Gov. George Pataki has instructed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to take action.
New York has an estimated 19 million to 38 million waste tires, most of them stockpiled at a dozen large dump sites, while another 20 million tires are added annually to the waste stream.
The state has done very little to enforce disposal rules or promote recycling programs over the past dozen years, officials said. Now health officials are focusing on developing a comprehensive tire recycling program to divert the current stream from dump sites.