APOPKA, Fla.-There has been another casualty in the tire-recycling business-All-Rite Recycling Inc. is exiting the tire shredding business after a two-year try. ``We're just changing our whole tire operation. Instead of shredding them, we're bringing them to the landfill,'' said Joe Ardolina, vice president of the Apopka-based firm. ``It's not economically feasible to continue to shred tires. There's no market.
``The tip fee you get paid and what you charge customers to go pick up tires doesn't come to enough money to run a $500,000 piece of equipment,'' he said.
``We were told a lot of markets existed, but in reality, they weren't there,'' Mr. Ardolina said.
Texas emergency plan to ease tire backlog
AUSTIN, Texas-In an effort to alleviate any backlog of scrap tires at West Texas businesses, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) has approved four temporary state-owned tire storage sites.
Under the emergency plan, announced July 3, the TNRCC will award emergency contracts to private transporters to begin collecting used tires from an estimated 2,500 businesses in 107 West Texas counties.
Funds to reimburse the transporters will come from the Waste Tire Recycling Fund. Transporters under the new contracts will be paid up to 40 cents per tire delivered to a state-designated storage location.
Funding for Utah's tire fund cut in half
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah's 5-year-old Waste Tire Fund will grow at a slower pace as the fee on each new tire sold dropped from $1 to 50 cents July 1.
The fund, which totaled $6.84 million at the end of March, is used to reimburse companies that recycle scrap tires.
In 1995 the fund paid out $912,000, mainly to kiln operators who used the tires as fuel. Only two sites in Utah burn tires consistently, otherwise tires are shipped to kilns in Idaho and California.
Fla. trade group taps ATR as 'best of best'
SARASOTA, Fla.-RecycleFlorida Today, a non-profit recycling trade organization, named American Tire Recyclers Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., as the ``best tire recycling program'' at its annual conference, May 13-15, in Sarasota.
ATR processes tires into crumb rubber for soil amendment and other uses.