STONEVILLE, Miss.—Agriculture engineer W. Stanley Anthony has taken cotton ginning technology to the rubber recycling industry. Mr. Anthony's two patent-pending methods for recovering fiber from scrap rubber tires were developed at the behest of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Mr. Anthony, head of the Agricultural Research Service's Cotton Ginning Research Unit, took the principles behind cotton ginning and adapted them to remove the fiber from scrap rubber.
The new process can take 50,000 pounds of scrap tires and turn it into an additional $10,000 for the recycler, according to Mr. Anthony.
``We will have one operational by the end of the year, and a second one shortly thereafter,'' he said.
The machine will cost between $50,000 and $100,000.