DES MOINES, Iowa-The Iowa House has approved a bill to set aside money in the state budget to clean up as many as 50 scrap tire piles around the state. Since 1992, the state has been collecting a $5 fee on vehicle title transfers to fund waste tire disposal, but that money has gone into the general fund and not into tire disposal projects, according to Rep. Chuck Gipp.
Under the bill sent to the state Senate, $300,000 would be allocated Aug. 1 to start cleaning up emergency sites. Then, from 1997 to 2002, a total of $15 million would be put into the tire fund to support cities and counties that offer residents ``tire amnesty days'' and to help tire processors stay in business.
WRI suffers net loss despite sales boost
DALLAS-Despite a 13.8-percent jump in revenues from tire-derived fuel and related products, Waste Recovery Inc. suffered a net loss of $926,821 for the year ended Dec. 31.
WRI, the largest TDF producer in the U.S., reported revenues of $14.1 million in 1995, compared with $12.4 million in 1994. But the year's loss contrasted with the $610,556 profit of 1994.
WRI attributed the loss to delayed start-ups of its two Illinois TDF plants and the renovation of a Philadelphia-area facility last year. In spite of the problems, WRI said it experienced significant growth during 1995 and doubled its production capacity to 40 million passenger-tire equivalents.
Tobacco company starts chopping tires
LOS ANGELES-Parker Industries Inc., a 64-year-old tobacco company, is expanding its business beyond chopping tobacco in Kentucky to chopping tires in California.
Parker opened its first tire processing facility March 18 in Los Angeles under its wholly owned subsidiary, Parco Recycling of California Inc.
Parco said it received a $1 million loan from the city to build the $2 million processing plant in a recycling enterprise zone. The plant produces 10-30 mesh crumb rubber at a rate of 4 tons per hour.
Under a three-year contract, Los Angeles will pay Parco $100 per ton to process tires collected in the city, and expects to deliver 300,000 to the plant this year. Parco plans to sell the crumb rubber to makers of asphalt paving and rubber products for 14 cents per pound.
High-tech floor uses scrap tires, old shoes
KIRKLAND, Wash.-An environ-mental technology company in Kirkland is about to begin widespread marketing of a new sports and commercial flooring surface made with a high percentage of recycled rubber and fiber, following six years of research and development.
The company, SATECH, is testing a floor pad, named SmartCells, made of scrap athletic shoes and tires and designed to reduce athletic fatigue and injury.
SmartCells flooring could provide a new end use for up to 1 million scrap tires a year and all the old sneakers SATECH can get its hands on, said Mary Gabien, a recycling technology specialist with Clean Washington Center.
SATECH recently installed the first SmartCells basketball court at Puget Sound Christian College in Edmonds, Wash. The flooring consists of 15,000 old sneakers and 525 scrap tires blended with virgin rubber and molded into 2-inch thick pads.
Finished with a simulated wood grain, the SmartCells floor closely matches the look and feel of a wood court but is more forgiving on athletes' bodies, the company said.
SmartCells flooring uses about 40 percent recycled material, which can include used carpet, as well as old sneakers and scrap tires.
RRI issues updare of scrap tire rules
SUFFIELD, Conn.-Recycling Research Institute has compiled a report on legislative, regulatory and market development activities in all 50 states during the past year in its 8th edition of State Scrap Tire Management Programs.
The report includes rules and permit requirements needed to establish a recycling business, information on how to access sources of funding and what to consider when setting marketing priorities.
To obtain a copy, send $28 to Recycling Research Institute, P.O. Box 2221, Merrifield, Va. 22116; (703) 280-9112.