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The Council of State Governments (CSG) has approved a resolution noting that scientific evidence should be paramount when assessing recycled rubber play surfaces.
The document, "Resolution on Utilizing Science-Based Evidence Related to the issue of Installation of Artificial Turf Athletic Fields Made of Recycled Rubber Infill," calls for science to take precedence over conjecture in assessing recycled rubber, and for the timely completion of the federal multi-agency study that is under way, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
The resolution was presented to the CSG's Energy & Environment Committee by Minnesota State Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, in the context of recent debate surrounding the use of recycled rubber — especially given unsubstantiated reports regarding health concerns.
It was approved unanimously by the committee and endorsed by executive committee of the council, a region-based forum serving all three branches of state government.
"As a parent and a legislator, creating a safe environment for our children to play in is a top priority," Mr. Miller said in a statement released by ISRI.
"Recycling tires cleans up and preserves the environment for current and future generations. As we encourage children to take part in healthy activities and exercise more, the material from these recycled tires is a source for safe, accessible turf. Credible science has demonstrated this time and time again.
"It is imperative that fellow state and local lawmakers carefully review the facts when making any key decisions regarding our children and jumping to conclusions not supported by science," he added.
ISRI President Robin Wiener said his group "strongly supports and applauds the passage of this resolution, which will undoubtedly raise awareness among state legislators around the unsubstantiated nature of current claims made in the debate over recycled rubber.
"There are currently more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating there is no increased health risk to athletes playing on artificial turf containing recycled rubber, without credible evidence to the contrary, and it is critical that this reality be made widely known to policymakers."
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As the world embraces environment friendliness more and more, recycling is becoming a key aspect of businesses and systems everywhere, not only as a means of reducing waste, but also as a way of cutting down on costs, both in production as well as disposal. One of the most notably recycled automotive items are tyres, which good for stores that have excess stocks of their cheap tyres in Brisbane, as this means that their unsold goods don’t need to gather dust somewhere.
To that end, the world’s first recycling plant dedicated to handling extra-large tyres, such as those used on colossal mining dump trucks will be opening in Western Australia, near the city of Perth in the year 2018.
This new facility is a joint venture between the Tytec Group and Green Distillation Technologies, the latter being a global level tyre recycling company with several awards to its name. The two worked together to establish the Perth-based Tytec Recycling Pty Ltd., which will then undertake the task of economically recycling large OTR (off the road) tyres. OTR tyres are tyres which have rims sizes which range from 23 inches, all the way up to 63, and are used on the large, mining dump trucks which have become more and more common in the country.
GDT will be capable of recycling even the larger end-of-life tyres into oil, carbon and steel, a first for both Australia and the world. The new process is dubbed, ‘destructive distillation’ and will be the core of the new facility, which will recycle every bit of the tyres, not merely cut or crumb the rubber.
Tytec Logistics will handle the transporting of OTR tyres to the new site, seeing as they hold 75% of Australia’s OTR logistics market, on top of also providing storage services for extra large tires.
This new facility will be located in the Tytec branch at the suburb of Welshpool, and will have a capacity of 5 kilotonnes of OTR tyres, which amount to about 2M litres of oil, 2 kilotonnes of carbon and 1 kilotonne of steel.
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According to California’s Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, motorists in the state discard more than 42 million vehicle tires each year. It’s no secret that many of those tires are illegally discarded along the rural roads and open desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that folks in Landers are doing something about it.
For about $5.25 each, tires may be disposed of at the Landers Landfill, but for what may ultimately be a greater cost, many tires are illegally dumped in desert washes, along rural roads, on private properties, just about everywhere. Now, thanks to a grant from CalRecycle, the Landers Association and County Code Enforcement have organized a tire amnesty program. People living in and around Landers can dispose of tires free of charge at Homestead Valley Park on Belfield Blvd. in Landers. Unlike prior tire round ups, tires with or without rims, and tires of any size may be brought in; tires cannot be accepted from any tire generating businesses. All tires collected are destined for recycling programs. The effort runs through 12 noon Saturday, December 2.
A fire broke out inside the premises of a recycling facility at Titan International Inc. The incident took place on September 21 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. TTRC's parent company, Titan International Inc., reported that no one was injured because of fire, which broke out in one of the plant's six thermal vacuum recovery (TVR) divisions, where large mining tires were recycled.
These units are expansive, and capsules applied in the process of recycling were stored there. The company reported that the fire started in a building that houses three of the TVR divisions. As for the other three TVR units, which are based in a different building – they were not damaged by fire. According to the company, the Titan Tire Reclamation Corp. (TTRC) representatives are now taking measures to diminish the impact to the affected clients’ individual businesses.
Titan CEO, Paul Reitz, said that the company has taken necessary steps to prevent any danger, as safety is of per amount importance for each operating facility. He added that measures will be further taken to secure safety of the employees, neighbors and the ecology.
TTRC now runs property and casualty insurance for its facilities and tools together with their business interruption insurance. TTRC was launched in April 2016. The plant works with thermal reactors, which convert scrapped mining tires into steel, carbon black and oil.
Titan International, Inc. is a prominent international producer of off-highway wheels, assemblies, tires and undercarriage merchandise. The firm is based in Quincy, Illinois. The firm is a global producer of a wide range of merchandise working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aftermarket clients in the construction, consumer and agricultural segments.
Mathe Group, Kwazulu-Natal’s biggest tire recycling success story and one of the largest plants of its kind in South Africa, recently celebrated the recycling of its 100,000th truck tire at its Hammarsdale facility this year.
Dr. Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International Inc. which is one of the major shareholders in Mathe Group, said that the tires had been processed into approximately 4 800 tons of rubber crumb.
A large portion of Mathe Group’s rubber crumb goes to the Van Dyck Floors factory in Prospecton where it is used to manufacture rubber flooring and paving and acoustic underlays for different types of floor covering which are exported to 50 countries across the world.
The factory has also provided rubber crumb for use as infill for sports fields utilising artificial grass in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania and the Congo. It is also used for the retreading of tires, in modified bitumen for road resurfacing and for the manufacture of non-slip paint by the coating industry.
Zarrebini says the recycling of the nearly 11 million used tires that build up in South Africa each year is an environmental imperative.
“We rotate our stock of tires from an environmental perspective. The number of tires received each delivery varies,” he says.
The R20 million plant in Hammarsdale, which came on stream at the beginning of February 2016, processed 65 000 tires last year and is on track to recycle approximately 150 000 this year. It currently runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to strong demand, it will run at full capacity over the December/January festive period, too.
According to Regina Leader Post, the had been a change in Saskatchewan tire recycling program. The source says that consumers aren’t expected to notice a change now that a new agency is overseeing the recycling of scrap tires in Saskatchewan.
Since 1996, the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) operated a scrap tire product management program on behalf of 1,380 Saskatchewan retailers of motor vehicle tires. Over 21 years, 27 million scrap tires were collected.
But on Aug. 31, the non-profit, non-governmental agency responsible for the administration and management of the provincially legislated scrap tire recycling program ceased to operate.
“Ultimately, the decision was up to the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire board about whether or not to dissolve — that was their decision,” said Wes Kotyk, assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of the Environment.
He explained the decision came after the environment minister established an advisory committee in January to do a program review of the scrap tire program.
“A number of recommendations came out of that review and resulted in some scrap tire regulations being changed,” Kotyk said.
Historically, there have been concerns about abandoned tires, he said.
The main drivers for the regulatory changes were to address the public’s expectation for governance, improved accountability and transparency, he said.
“There was some confusion about the government’s role — was it the steward’s role or was it SSTC’s role for managing certain components, especially when it got on to the back end of the process and use of the tires,” Kotyk said.
He noted there were no problems at the front end when consumers dropped off tires.
“That system seemed to be working quite effectively,” Kotyk said.
When the new regulations came into force in July, the program design was revamped.
“The previous program didn’t allow for ease of implementing any changes or moving things forward,” he said.
In the past, if tires weren’t picked up as frequently as they should be, the ministry couldn’t readily influence changes for improvements.
Now conditions can be imposed on the organization operating the program if there’s not enough education or if the operation isn’t being run as as effectively or efficiently as possible, Kotyk said.
Effective Sept. 1, the Tires Stewardship of Saskatchewan, a non-profit agency, became the new program operator established by industry to oversee tire recycling in the province.
Consumers will continue to pay recycling fees to retailers based on the classification of a vehicle, and the fees will be used for the recycling of scrap tires and administration of the scrap tire program.
Fees will remain the same under the new program operator.
“The consumer likely won’t see much for changes,” Kotyk said.
Tire recycling fees are: $4 for passenger/light trucks; $14 for medium trucks; $25 for agricultural tires; $57 for off the road/mining vehicles and $140 for large off the road/mining vehicles.
Meet Bruce Bart from ECO Green Equipment at Scrap to Profit Conference in Nashville, TN on October 25-26!
Scrap to Profit Conference will explore topics to drive innovation in the scrap tire industry, including current trends and future opportunities for tire derived fuel, civil engineering, and ground rubber markets. Also, the conference will spark ideas for new markets by addressing recent and upcoming innovations in scrap tire uses, including an update on pyrolysis and gasification technologies.
Bruce Bart from ECO Green Equipment attends the conference as a speaker
Bruce Bart will present the topic "Advances in Size Reduction Technology and the Role of the Equipment Manufacturer".
Bruce has been active in the plastic and rubber fields for over 30 years and has developed an expertise in all phases of facility set-up and expansion, equipment design, product development and process management, as well as injection and blow molding processes.
The conference will offer networking and educational opportunities to drive the future of scrap tire markets. For more details about the conference and register, please check agenda online.
As the resale and installation of unsafe tires is gaining momentum throughout the U.S., more and more state governors are signing legislation prohibiting the sale of unsafe used tires to motorists.
This growing trend will have a significant impact on the end-of-life tire recycling initiatives within the industry.
In August, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation advocated by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that pose a risk to New Jersey motorists. The new law imposes a fine on a business that sells tires that exhibit any one of several unsafe conditions such as worn out tread, visible damage or improper repairs. In addition to USTMA, the national trade association for tire manufacturers, the Tire Industry Association and the New Jersey Gas Station-C-Store-Automotive Association (NJGCA) supported the legislation.
The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) firmly believes businesses should not be permitted to install tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions. USTMA research shows that more than 30 million used tires are available for sale nationally each year. The legislation does not ban all used tire sales. It targets used tires that have specific, well-established, unsafe conditions.
And this legislation appears to have merit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that worn out tires are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than tires with sufficient tread depth. NHTSA crash statistics indicate that about 200 fatalities and 6,000 injuries are attributed to tire-related causes annually.
“In Colorado and New Jersey, we successfully advocated for legislation to reduce the availability of unsafe used tires,” said Anne Forristall Luke, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) president and chief executive officer. “We are now working to support similar efforts in several other states to protect drivers from this safety hazard.
While Colorado and New Jersey are the most recent states to embrace this legislation, in June, Texas governor Greg Abbott vetoed a used tire bill that passed the state legislature in May, stating, “Texas does not need to impose new criminal penalties on people who put tires on cars. Nobody wants bad tires on the road, but creating a new crime is not the answer to every problem.”
Texas House Bill 2774, which had won support from both the state House and Senate with overwhelming majorities, was based on the draft legislation long advocated by the USTMA. It would have levied fines for each sale for road use of a used tire defined by the statute as unsafe including a tread depth of less than 1/16 inch; a localized bald spot that exposes the tire ply or cord; regrooving below the original groove depth; evidence of a temporary repair; bumps, bulges or knots indicating tread separation; or worn tread indicators that contact the road in any two adjacent major grooves in the center of the tire.
Also in June, proposed legislation in Ohio, which is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, is designed to stop the installation of unsafe used tires. It was introduced in the Ohio House and Senate prior to the summer recess.
Specifically, the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee approved HB 42 on May 9 by a vote of 11-4. The bill, which prohibits the installation of unsafe used tires that are worn out, damaged or improperly repaired, is now eligible for a vote by the full House. The proposed legislation states that anyone who violates the law will be guilty of a minor misdemeanor and face a fine of no more than $1,000. A Senate companion bill, SB 68, is awaiting a final hearing in the Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee. The Ohio Manufacturers Association plans to work with tire manufacturers to support passage of HB 574 and SB 68 when the House and Senate return this fall.
As more states evaluate and consider legislation prohibiting the sale of unsafe tires, what does that mean for the tire recycling industry?
As Luke explained, safety is the tire manufacturing industry’s top priority. The USTMA advocates for legislation to restrict the availability of used tires that pose a safety risk when in service. Unsafe conditions include tires that are worn-out, have visible damage or improper repairs.
“All tires eventually are removed from service,” Luke said. “USTMA’s goal is to have 100 percent of annually generated scrap tires consumed in end-use markets. The tires targeted by USTMA’s unsafe used tire legislation should be scrapped, not put back into service where they put all motorists at risk.”
It’s important to note that USTMA research shows that more than 30 million used tires are available for sale nationally each year. The legislation being passed in New Jersey, for example, does not ban all used tire sales. It targets used tires that have specific, well-established, unsafe conditions.
As USTMA explained, tires worn to 1/16th of an inch are worn out and are dangerous because they no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure. Tires with bulges indicate possible internal damage that can lead to tread separation.
Unsafe, used tires can be turned into scrap tires – an industry that is seeing remarkable improvement in end use markets as of late.
Furthermore, according to the USTMA, the turnaround in U.S. scrap tire consumption is something to celebrate. In 1990, only 11 percent of annually generated scrap tires were consumed in beneficial end use markets. The rest went into stockpiles. For many stakeholders, including USTMA, this a priority issue. By 2015, end use markets consumed 87.9 percent of scrap tires generated in the U.S. The top market categories for scrap tires are tire derived fuel, ground rubber and civil engineering applications.
The need to expand all economically viable and environmentally sound scrap tire markets remains an imperative.
Tires are a critical safety feature and the only part of the vehicle that touches the road. As Luke explained, USTMA members work continually to improve safety through innovation and technology. This commitment to safety also includes education and advocacy.
“We will continue to work with states to enact common sense legislation that reduces the risk to consumers posed by unsafe used tires,” Luke said. “USTMA favors a free-market, shared responsibility system to manage scrap tires. This means that end-of-life tires should go to the highest value market available in a given state or region. Ultimately, USTMA wants to see all end-of-life tires consumed in viable, environmentally and economically sound, end-use markets. Our ongoing advocacy and education efforts with the tire recycling industry are focused on that outcome.”
The controversial Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa's (Redisa) and its management company Kusaga Taka Consulting have been placed in final liquidation and an order granted for their assets to be transferred to the Waste Management Bureau.
Attorneys for Redisa, the only approved waste tyre plan for the country, have given notice of their intention to appeal the entire order granted by Judge Robert Henney in the Western Cape High Court .
In a 101-page judgment, Judge Henney said there had been “an unlawful misappropriation of public funds” by the Redisa directors Herman Erdmann, Stacey-Inger Davidson and Charline Kirk through Kusaga Taka to Avranet and Nine Years Investments as well as by Kirk and Kusaga Taka chief executive Christopher Crozier through Nine Years Investments.
These unlawful payments were in direct contravention of the Companies Act, as well as Redisa’s memorandum of incorporation, he said.
Judge Henney said Erdmann had a substantial shareholding in Kusaga Taka through Nine Years Investments and Davidson through Avranet.
Davidson was the sole shareholder in Avranet.
Kusaga Taka, as a private entity, through its chief executive Crozier “had been implicit in using Kusaga Taka as a vehicle through which money had been misappropriated to Erdmann, Davidson and Kirk”, he said.
The final liquidation orders were granted following an urgent High Court application by environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa for Redisa to be placed in liquidation because of alleged widespread misappropriation and irregular use by Redisa of funds obtained from the environmental levy of R2.30 plus VAT a kilogram on tyres.
At the time when Molewa lodged the application, about R2 billion had been collected by Redisa from the tyre industry.
Darusha Moodliar, the provisional liquidator from Sanek Recovery Services, told Business Report yesterday (thurs) it was difficult at this stage to provide any estimate of the total value of the entire net asset value of Redisa and Kusaga that would be transferred to the Waste Management Bureau.
Moodliar said this was because this calculation comprised two major components, the value realised from the sale of assets and the amount required to settle the claims of creditors, both of which were unknown at this stage.
She also confirmed that the joint provisional liquidators would be ceasing their involvement in the waste tyre operations from the end of this month.
“We understand that the Waste Management Bureau will thereafter take over the waste tyre management process,” she said.
Nobuzwe Mangcu, the managing executive of the South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC), the representative body locally based tyre manufacturers, said the tyre manufacturers were of the view that the final liquidation of Redisa was “a good outcome”.
“As an industry, we made our views clear to the Department of Environmental Affairs at the beginning of the process. The finalisation of the liquidation confirms that concerns were valid,” she said.
In regard to the future management of waste tyres, Mangcu said the key was that the plan was managed in a transparent way with sufficient governance and accountability, which was a view that had been expressed to the department.
“If this is done, then the new plan will be successful in our view.
Jakkie Olivier, the chief executive of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), whose constituent members includes the Tyre Dealers’ and Fitment Centre Association (TDAFA), said the liquidation had not had any impact on waste tyre collection while it was being managed by the provisional liquidators and collections might have improved.
However, Olivier said there were still problems at the tyre depots and how to dispose of the waste tyres.
Olivier said the RMI had been engaging with the environmental affairs department but did not yet know what the future plan was for waste tyres.
He said it was a bit concerning that all the levy funds and assets from Redisa would be transferred to the Waste Management Bureau because they did not know what was going to happen in the future.
“The concern is will it disappear into a pot of money utilised like the fuel levy or road levy as a tax and get spent on something else or will it be ring fenced for waste tyres,” he said.
The 21st century has become too advanced for anyone to be throwing away tires at random. Research has shown that it is very harmful when we dispose our tires on a regular basis. Nowadays, recycling has become the order of the day. Without being told, we understand the non-negotiable benefits that come with recycling.
This post is going to be focused on the benefits of tire shredding. You will be discovering for instance, how it has impacted the environment. Hence, you will be able to know why you need the tire shredding equipment if you are thinking of going into tire recycling. In a nutshell, you are about to know why it has become absolutely imperative to have tires recycled for further use.
IMPACT TO ENVIRONMENT
Used tires constitute one of the most undesirable solid wastes. Used tires do pose a lot of challenges to environmental specialists. They can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. And when this happens the people in that neighbourhood will have to deal with the diseases that are being transmitted by such mosquitoes.
The burning of tires is another practice that can be rightly considered as being very dangerous for any environment. When tires are burnt a carbon component (soot) is sent into the atmosphere. This item can be considered as being very small; some are not even visible to the ordinary eyes. The sad part is that when this small black substance comes in contact with the blood it tends to obstruct the free passage of oxygen throughout the body. You can already begin to see how the burning of tires can be very bad for any environment. This is why it has become absolutely necessary that tires be recycled instead of being disposed immediately after use because, with proper recycling, the environment will be a much healthier place to live in.
It makes the environment a much safer place. However, it is only appropriate that you get a solid tire shredding equipment so you can achieve maximum results in this regards.
TIRE DERIVED AGGREGATE (TDA)
With tire shredding, you can expect to get different products from the shredded product. This is what makes recycling 100% better than disposing the tires or just having them burnt. TDA’s are a product derived from the mechanical process of shredded tires. It is actually used for construction purposes. It is even considered much stronger than the normal gravel. Hence, instead of allowing your used tires to constitute a greater hazard to you and the environment, you can make something useful out of it.
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TIRE SHREDDING AND SCHOOL SPORTS
Tire shredding can be considered as an all-round positive practice. It benefits all age groups in the society. Even the kids are not left out. Kids have their playing spaces where they have to run around every once in a while when they are in school. The question is how is a tire shredding now related to school sports? The answer is quite simple, recycled tires are used to make artificial turfs. These turfs are much safer and softer for kids to play on. Hence, the importance of tire shredding cannot be over-emphasized when it comes to kids and where they play.
PRODUCTS OF CRYOGENIC SYSTEMS
Uses of shredded tires are surprisingly many. In this system, tires are allowed to freeze at very low temperatures. At this point, the frozen rubber is shattered into various sizes. Furthermore, liquid nitrogen is then used to cool the shredded pieces. These very small pieces of rubber are eventually passed through a hammer mill.
The hammer mill helps to break the nitrogen-cooled rubbers so it can be broken into very tiny particles. These tiny particles are to be passed through magnets and air classifiers to separate the steel and fiber respectively. This recycled rubber is what used for other applications. You will need an effective tire shredding system to help you achieve this.
There are certain materials that need a lot of energy for their production from the raw materials. But when there is a proper recycling of materials in any society there is a direct minimization of the amount of energy that is used during the manufacturing process. In other words, with tire shredding, there are other products that can be produced without having to go through the extraction phase of production.
Let us not forget what happens when materials are extracted and sent to site for processing. When you are making use of recycled tires all these can be avoided and energy will be duly saved. If you ever stumble upon some data that explains reduced energy consumption with tire shredding you will be quite amazed at how much energy is saved when tires are recycled.
It will be incomplete to talk about the benefits of such a practice and not mention how it relates to societal development. Recycling is what has differentiated the developed societies from the developing societies. Since, a whole lot of energy is conserved when materials are properly recycled, available energy can be used to achieve optimal results. Making use of all available energy to manufacture materials from the scratch is not good enough for any growing society. The best and most efficient way to use energy is to make sure that older materials are duly recycled, and that includes used tires. Hence, the benefits of recycling cannot be separated from society and the rate at which it is developing.
Tire shredding has become very relevant in our today’s society. You have understood how such practice impacts the environment. It is just part of what the world is doing to make sure we live in a much greener environment. This needs to be encouraged around the world as it will help to save a lot of energy. This is exactly what we need, in order to make the world a better place – promoting health and conserving energy. You need to get involved today if you are still disposing of your tires the way it used to be done.
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