SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Total Tire Recycling is trying to make the transition from simply shredding and landfilling tires to true recycling—and it hopes to get a little financial boost from the government. In business for four years, the company recently moved from the north side of Sacramento across town to a larger facility that offers more room to expand—with 26,000 feet of warehouse space and 4-1/2 acres of land. But what also prompted the move was the location inside a designated county recycling zone.
Now part of a neighborhood made up of businesses involved in recycling paper, plastics, steel and other materials, Total Tire has become eligible for low-interest loans and tax credits, said Gary Matrango, who owns the company with his son, Danny.
The elder Mr. Matrango said he became involved in the tire business while running his crane company. A firm that provided machine work for his company also built shredders and eventually got Mr. Matrango involved in collecting and shredding scrap tires.
Total Tire has since grown from two employees to 46 and it processes 7,000 tires of all sizes daily.
The new facility houses an area for shredding and grinding equipment, a storage area for culled resalable tires and an area for truck repair.
With the larger facility and new machinery to grind rubber, Total Tire hopes to find markets for recycling its material. Mr. Matrango said he has been negotiating with potential customers, such as crumb rubber processors and co-generators who use shreds as a supplemental fuel.
For now, the company continues to landfill its shreds. The market in California is unstable, Mr. Matrango said, and there is a lot of competition.
But his firm has been increasing its collection rate, and has expanded its operations about 10 percent since it moved. He expects to increase business another 10 percent in the next couple of years.
Total Tire has a minor storage facility permit, allowing the company to store less than 5,000 tires. Mr. Matrango is seeking to upgrade that permit to allow unlimited storage, with proper closure bond assurance.