BRONXVILLE, N.Y.—Results of tests on the by-products derived from a patented proprietary technology of cracking tires have exceeded expectations, according to the inventor of the technology. ``We've done many tests and sent samples to oil and copier toner and rubber people, and the feedback is that we have a quality item,'' said Frank Pringle, founder and president of Creative Recycling Technologies Inc.
Mr. Pringle began the development work on his proprietary process three years ago. The process cracks the tires, causing them to decompose thermally into their principal elements: carbon black, oils, gases and steel.
Creative Recycling Technologies Inc., which is publicly traded over the counter under the symbol CRTZ, was created one year ago by the purchase of Mr. Pringle's company by Georgia-based Classic Restaurants International.
Making carbon black conventionally involves buying an oil product, burning it to produce carbon black, and refining it, he said. ``In our situation, we will be paid to accept tires from municipalities, so we will not have to pay for the raw material, and we'll have a tremendous advantage. The product is identical to virgin carbon black, and our process will revolutionize the disposition of tires.''
Mr. Pringle is an inventor in the glass recycling field. It was during the time he was chairman of Eftek Corp.—where he invented a process of identifying and eliminating con-taminants in ``three-mix glass''—that he became interested in tires.
``When Interstate 95 (near Philadelphia) caught on fire in 1996, I was in my car and I heard it on the radio and could see the black smoke,'' he said. ``I started investigating the magnitude of the problem of waste tires and took it into experiment. I had never thought about tires, but I took a piece and disintegrated it in a split second, and then analyzed what happened and hypothesized a production situation.''
In 1996, arsonists set fire to tires at Philadelphia Tire Recycling, causing millions of dollars in damage to a concrete overpass of I-95.
Mr. Pringle said his process is different than other filed patents. He claims the company will be able to process 10 million scrap tires a year.
The business, which has five employees and a small office in Paulsboro, N.J., will ``scale up to about 100'' when the new plant opens, he said. Plans call for eventual construction of as many as 10 such facilities, each capable of processing 10 million or more scrap tires per year.