FRANKFORT, Ky.-Kentucky is using the funds collected from a $1 fee on new tire sales to attack some of the largest tire piles in the state this year. Most recently, the state Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet awarded a $239,000 contract to Waco Tire Recycling of Waco, Ky., to remove the estimated 150,000 scrap tires stockpiled at the Gilbert Ridge site near Alexandria. The company will haul the tires to the Archer Daniels Midland plant in Decatur, Ill., where they will be processed into tire-derived fuel.
Armed with the Waste Tire Trust Fund, the state removed 200,000 tires at the Windy Ridge site in Campbell County and is clearing 340,000 tires in a Logan County stockpile and 640,000 tires in Barren County, the state's largest tire dump.
PITTSBURGH-The Chicago Board of Trade Recyclables Exchange, an electronic marketplace for recyclable rubber and other materials, replaced its old electronic bulletin board with an Internet site Sept. 17.
The new system allows sellers to post listings and buyers to post parameters for materials they wish to purchase. The system will automatically send an e-mail message to the buyer as sell listings are posted that match a buyer's parameters.
Users pay a one-time registration fee of $10; posting a sell listing costs $2 per month and buyers will be charged 50 cents for each e-mail response received.
ALBANY, Ga.-Two University of Georgia scientists are studying whether tire chips can be used as mulch for blueberries and Christmas trees.
Growers usually use pine bark chips for such purposes, but eight blueberry growers and one Christmas tree grower are testing 2- to 4-inch tire nuggets as mulch in a study funded by the state's $1 fee on new-tire sales.
Tire chips cost about three times as much as pine bark but they last almost indefinitely. Pine bark has to be replaced about every four years.
If the tests prove successful, tire mulch could ease the state's tire disposal problems, said horticulturist Gerard Krewer.
``It takes a tremendous quantity of material to mulch with,'' he said. ``If it works out to be a commercial product, the quantities would be very significant.''
INDIANAPOLIS-Indiana will offer recyclers no-interest loans for half the cost of new equipment purchases under a new state program introduced in August.
Qualifying equipment must be able to process recycled waste material for remanufacturing and the loans must be repaid within seven years.
The program replaces the state's 6-year-old effort to aid fledgling and established recyclers with low-interest loans.
The state is trying to target recycling companies that are start-ups or rely on new technologies-firms that have a harder time obtaining private financing.
TEMPE, Ariz.-The Rubber Pavements Association (RPA), an international organization of asphalt-rubber companies, has relocated its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Tempe in order to be closer to its membership, located primarily in the western U.S.
The RPA, formerly the Asphalt-Rubber Producers Group (ARPG), promotes the use of crumb rubber modified asphalt pavements.
The RPA has hired Donna Carlson as its executive director. Ms. Carlson, a former Arizona state legislator, had served as the executive director of the ARPG from its founding in 1985 until 1987.
The RPA now is located at: 4500 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, Ariz. 85282; (602) 755-1269.
LIVERPOOL, Pa.-Sixty fire companies from about seven eastern Pennsylvania counties responded to a tire fire Sept. 27 at the Mahantango Industries tire recycling plant, about six miles north of Liverpool.
The fire raged over three acres of ground rubber and whole-tire piles and destroyed a building containing the tire shredding operation before being extinguished three days later. The cause of the fire still is being investigated.
Firefighters used 1,000 gallons of foam to douse the flames and employed front-end loaders to separate the burning rubber, according to the Liverpool Fire Chief Larry Ferguson. The fire did not spread to about 60 acres of scrap tires across the road from the shredding operation.
Crews from the state Department of Environmental Protection built buffers and ditches to avert the tires' oily runoff from the nearby Susquehanna River.
Mahantango Industries built the shredding plant in 1989 in response to an enforcement action filed by state environment officials, according to a DEP spokeswoman. Mahantango has been cooperating with the DEP in getting rid of the tires, which the company has been storing in violation of solid waste management laws, she said.
Mahantango owner Roger Hess could not be reached for comment.