AUSTIN, Texas-With 1.4 billion pounds of tire shreds lying around in Texas, a Senate panel report suggests it's time for the state to put more emphasis on recycling the rubber. In its report to be considered by the 1997 legislature, the Senate Natural Resources Committee advocates eliminating the reimbursement paid to processors for shredding the rubber under the Waste Tire Recycling Fund Program and instead creating incentives for recycling scrap tires.
The committee also advocates eliminating the $1 fee assessed for the program on so-called ``good used tires'' and reducing the current collection fee on new passenger tires from $2 to $1.50 in 1998, and to $1 in 2000.
AUGUSTA, Maine-Catalyst & Chemical Services may drop plans for an $8.5 million tire-recycling plant in Bowdoin, Maine, because the state will not agree up front to pay 35 cents for each tire processed.
The proposed plant, near a large tire dump, would process about 2 million tires a year into oil, natural gas, carbon and steel.
The proposed fee would generate about $700,000 a year and come from a bond issue-on the ballot this November-that seeks $16 million for environmental projects.
But the state said a commitment is premature, as the money for the recycling payments has not been approved and the state must invite competitive bids for the work.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa.-Tire hauler Daniel Carr has already gotten into legal trouble with Richland Township, Pa., for storing, bailing and shredding tires at a Richland site for three years without getting the township's necessary approval. Now the property's owners have filed suit against him.
The Goodman Group Ltd. of Allentown, Pa., is suing Daniel J. and Laura Carr for $209,541 in damages, claiming it had an agreement of sale in 1993 for the Carrs to buy its property.
The suit seeks $79,453 the Goodman Group already has spent to clean up a portion of the tires stockpiled at the site, and back payments for the property and property taxes.
Mr. Carr also faces felony charges stemming from a Philadelphia tire fire, and a judge has ruled him in contempt of court for failing to remove the tires from the Richland site.
CINCINNATI-Cincinnati and neighboring communities took in nearly 30,000 used tires during collection programs this year.
Hamilton County officials said their four-day ``Roadside Roundup'' netted 18,000 tires while Cincinnati and five communities, which also staged tire collection programs of their own, received a combined 10,000 tires. Rumpke Waste Inc. is processing the tires into crumb rubber.
The county's roundup was part of a larger project to clean up a tire dump in Whitewater Township, estimated to contain more than 500,000 tires, Hamilton officials said.
ALPENA, Mich.-Ameri-Shred Industrial Corp., a manufacturer of tire shredders and conveyors, said it will assign a name to its products ``that better describes their ruggedness, quality and endurance.''
The company's products will now bear the name Endura-Max and, unless otherwise specified by the customer, will don the new color of ``Endura-Max blue.''
PHOENIX-K & B Tire Co. Inc. of Phoenix plans to invest $1 million in 8 acres of land on which it will build a new facility it can occupy after the lease on its current location expires next March.
K & B is one of three firms awarded a contract by Maricopa County, Ariz., to clean up several tire dumps after an out-of-state recycler-Repco Waste Tire Recovery of St. Louis-allegedly reneged on its contract.
K & B cuts up tires to make byproducts, such as fenders for tug boats.