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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2010 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Association of Solid Waste Districts, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Asphalt Rubber Technology Service (ARTS) of Clemson University will host the fourth “From Scrap-to-Profit” conference, the nation’s only event dedicated to the use of ground rubber in the highest value-added markets.
The conference will be held on November 3-4, 2010 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Scrap-to-Profit conference will be preceded by the EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), Scrap Tire Workgroup meeting on November 2. The EPA’s RCC Scrap Tire Workgroup is a collaborative effort consisting of Federal and state officials along with members of the rubber industry. The goal of the RCC Working Group is to provide a venue where all interested parties can meet, exchange information and develop projects that will assist the recycled rubber industry.
The 4th From Scrap-to-Profit conference will have discussions on all the major, higher value added markets such as molded/extruded products, infill, playground cover and mulch.
General topics will include the human & environmental health concerns of ground rubber, market development for specific products and state approaches to market development, achieving consistent quality of ground rubber, the new ASTM specifications for infill and playground material, a survey of ground rubber markets and ground rubber supplies, as well as selected case studies on developing new markets.
“The From Scrap to Profit conference has continued to evolve into a venue where all the major topics impacting the ground rubber products market can be discussed,” said RMA Vice President Michael Blumenthal, who also is the conference co-organizer. “We continue to meet our goal to provide a substantive agenda that reflects the needs and interests of the recycled tire rubber industry,” Blumenthal added.
“The recycled rubber industry is facing many challenges today, but we also believe there are many opportunities in the marketplace for recycled content rubber products,” Blumenthal said. “This conference provides stakeholders with valuable information and opportunities to share experiences to further assist the scrap tire market to become more profitable and stable.”
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.