New policies on state scrap tire laws and specifications for recycled tire wire are among the initiatives the Tire & Rubber Division of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. is working to develop.
Both projects will be topics of discussion at ISRI's upcoming Annual Convention & Scrap Recycling Industry Exposition, scheduled for Orlando, Fla., April 8-12, according to Tom Tyler, ISRI associate counsel and director of state and programs.
The Tire & Rubber Division will meet April 8 to discuss the state law program and other issues, according to the convention's preview booklet.
``Our hope is to consider and approve those policies at the April convention, or at least to consider them,'' Mr. Tyler said.
Mr. Tyler did not disclose any potential points in the state law platform. But of the members of the Tire & Rubber Division, he said, ``They're very interested in seeing that state scrap tire policies actually encourage the recycling of tires. ISRI represents private, for-profit recycling companies, so all our government relations efforts go toward supporting those industries.''
Meanwhile, a task force consisting of tire and other recyclers, users of ferrous metals and recycling equipment manufacturers are working on the creation of specifications for recycled tire wire that ISRI's Ferrous Division will consider when it meets April 9.
``We are working to improve the marketability of recycled tire wire, and the specifications are a first step,'' Mr. Tyler said.
Organizations such as the American Society of Testing and Materials are not involved in writing these specifications, he added.
``Our specifications are for marketplace purposes, to help buyers and sellers agree on what the product is. They're not like engineering specifications.''
ISRI is a Washington-based association representing some 1,200 firms that process, broker, and industrially consume recycled metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber and textiles.
Its Tire & Rubber Division was formed when the National Association of Scrap Tire Processors voted to merge with ISRI in September 2001. The division now has 15 scrap tire processor members in 10 states, an ISRI spokeswoman said.
The division is discussing the possibility of having its first meeting separate from the national organization, possibly in the fall of 2003, but these talks are still in an early stage, according to Mr. Tyler.