Florida raids scrap tire fund
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has approved a 2001-2002 budget that would transfer $33.8 million from Florida's Solid Waste Management Trust Fund, which pays for scrap tire abatement, to finance water projects.
The state collects a $1 per-new-tire fee to pay for tire dump cleanups and recycling.
The money goes into the Solid Waste Management Fund, but now will be transferred into Florida's Working Capital Fund, which will foot the bill for water projects, according to Fletcher Herrald, management analyst with the Department of Environmental Protection.
N.Y. mulls tire recycling program
NEW YORK-A scrap tire council appointed by the governor of New York will meet in September to discuss ways to clean up and recycle the state's scrap tires.
The New York State Scrap Tire Council, appointed by Gov. George Pataki, is charged with developing recommendations for establishing a scrap tire management program to the state legislature, according to Michael Blumenthal, executive director of the Washington-based Scrap Tire Management Council.
One proposal the council is considering is a new-tire fee to fund the program, which is probably a few years away from implementation, he said.
The STMC estimates that New York contains 20-30 percent of the 300 million scrap tires in piles nationwide, Mr. Blumenthal said.
RAC proceedings available on CD
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-The Rubber Association of Canada's proceedings from its Rubber Recycling 2000 conference last October is available on CD-ROM.
The 512-page proceedings contain more than 30 presentations highlighting rubber recycling experiences in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada.
The sessions also included segments on civil engineering, industrial rubber scrap, the science of crumb rubber, and processor issues and challenges.
Order forms and a full listing of the presentations are available on the Scrap Tire Management Council's Web site, www.scraptire.org. The cost for the proceedings are $49 for attendees and $149 for all other orders.
Company listed on Frankfurt exchange
ARDMORE, Okla.-Integrated Technology Group Inc. has gained a listing on the Frankfurt, Germany, stock exchange under the trading symbol ITG.
The move is part of the Ardmore-based company's strategy to educate European investors about its technology and raise capital to build a tire recycling plant in Europe.
The plant, which the company hopes to bring on-stream within a year, will shred tires and heat process them into usable products, including a middle-grade oil that can be refined, Integrated Technology said.
In the U.S., the company's Safe Tire Disposal division has collected more than 26.2 million scrap tires and marketed the byproducts from more than 21 million since 1990.
Safe Tire currently is involved in shredding and recycling tires collected through Ford Motor Co.'s recall of Firestone tires. The tire shreds can be used as fuel or as an aggregate substitute in civil engineering projects.
Tirex gets first order from Xerus
MONTREAL-Tirex Corp. said in a news release it has obtained an order of 10,000 pounds per month of its Rutex recycled rubber from Xerus Corp.
Xerus plans to make 40,000 mudflaps and athletic surface tiles initially from Rutex.
Tirex in May announced a joint venture with Xerus, a newly formed manufacturer of composite materials using recycled rubber and plastic.
Tirex produces Rutex using its patented TCS-1 cryogenic tire grinding technology at its Montreal headquarters. Xerus, with offices in Montreal and Quebec City, will supply mudflaps to the Festival des Transporteurs Routiers du Quebec, which in turn will supply them to several transport organizations including the Quebec Ministry of Transport.