RMA, STREF Co-Host 6th “Scrap to Profit” Conference

Event Scheduled for October 28-29, 2015 near Albany, NY

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2015 — The Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (STREF), and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) are hosting the 6th “Scrap to Profit” Conference. The conference will take place on October 28-29, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham, New York just outside Albany.

The conference will provide presentations and discussions on developments in scrap tire markets, ground rubber markets, and expanding markets including special emphasis on rubber modified asphalt.

Topics to be discussed include (planned):

  • National Focus- looking at the national market and current challenges
  • Regional Focus on the Northeast and New England States
  • Projections of raw materials for the tire industry and impacts on scrap tires
  • How to introduce/sell product in marketplace
  • Compounding with ground rubber to produce new products
  • Innovation and your products
  • Preventing and abating illegal dumping
  • Reports on existing and emerging markets
  • Addressing health concerns over material use
  • Rubber modified asphalt

 In addition to the Scrap-to-Profit conference, there will be a Scrap Tire Workgroup meeting on Tuesday, October 27. Exhibit space and sponsorships will be available.

Additional information will be posted to www.stref.org and www.rma.org when available.

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 The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

RMA: Market-Based Approach to Scrap Tire Management “An Environmental Success Story”

Connecticut Forum Examines Higher Cost, Less Efficient, Less Effective Alternative
Scrap Tire Management In New England – Market Assessment and Recommendations

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2015 — The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) said today that the market-based approach to scrap tire management is an environmental success story that should continue to be a model for state action.

RMA is participating in a scrap tire forum at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Other stakeholders at the forum will urge DEEP to consider a higher cost, less effective effort to manage scrap tires.

National data collect by RMA shows dramatic improvement in scrap tire stockpile clean up and in scrap tire reuse. In 1990, more than one billion tires were stockpiled across the nation while only 10 percent of tires were consumed in end use markets. By 2013, 96 percent of scrap tires were sent to end use markets and only 75 million tires remain in stockpiles.

RMA announced at the forum that it will work with Connecticut legislators and regulators to assess Connecticut’s scrap tire concerns and work to advocate a scrap tire management program to address those concerns. RMA has worked with dozens of states over the past 25 years to develop, advocate and implement effective state scrap tire management programs.

Connecticut generates about 3.5 million scrap tires annually. Nearly all are exported to end use markets in other states.

“The free market approach to scrap tire management has produced a phenomenal environmental success story across the US,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Crafting a new approach that is vastly different than existing state programs and that introduces more bureaucracy, cost and inefficiency would be counterproductive.”

RMA advocates a multipart approach to scrap tire management that includes:

  • A dedicated, time-limited funding source – typically a fee imposed on the sale of new tires
  • A system to track scrap tires from generation to end-use market
  • Enforcement of scrap tire regulations
  • Clean up of stockpiles
  • Market development

A forum to discuss scrap tire management issues will be held in Hartford on January 21-22 at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. RMA is participating in the program, which is co-sponsored by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI).  PSI opposes the market-driven approach to scrap tire management despite the vast success this system has achieved.

“Tire manufacturers have worked across the nation to help establish effective state scrap tire management programs, often funded by user fees on tire sales, to enforce regulations, clean up tire piles and promote environmentally sound, cost-effective markets for scrap tires,” Zielinski said. “The numbers tell the story: the effort is paying off in a cleaner environment.”

 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org. 

Colorado Governor Signs Waste Tire Legislation

RMA-Supported Measure to Address Rocky Mountain State’s Tire Stockpiles

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., – June 6, 2014 – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed long-awaited legislation to finally address the Rocky Mountain state’s nation-leading waste tire stockpiles.  More than 60 million tires currently sit in two mammoth piles, known as monofills that pose a potential environmental risk should either pile catch fire.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which has worked for seven years to enact a waste tire measure in Colorado, applauded today’s action.

“Colorado needs this legislation to end the stockpiling of waste tires, clean up the monofills and help establish new markets for discarded tires,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president.

RMA has led efforts across the country to enact environmentally sound and economically efficient waste tire legislation and regulations.  RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.

Nearly 25 years ago, more than 1 billion tires were stockpiled while only 11% of waste tires were consumed in an end use market.  Today, only 100 million waste tires are left in piles across the nation and more than 80% of annually generated waste tires are sent to an end use market.

“Colorado has taken a critical first step toward eliminating the stigma of having the highest inventory of stockpiled waste tires in the nation,” Blumenthal said.

The bipartisan legislation, championed by Reps. Max Tyler and Don Coram, will eventually shut down and cleanup the tire monofills; end an inefficient taxpayer subsidy payment to end users of waste tires and; cut the state’s tire fee on new tire purchases from $1.50 to $0.55.

“Experience has proven that state waste tire management problems can be solved with enforcement, active cleanup efforts and the expansion of waste tire markets,” Blumenthal said.  “By closing the tire monofills and eliminating taxpayer subsidies, Colorado can work toward developing more diverse and higher-value markets for waste tires.”

Blumenthal praised the state lawmakers for their efforts to enact the legislation.  “Representative Tyler and Representative Coram worked very hard to secure the needed support for this legislation and RMA has been proud to assist them in this effort.  We now look forward to working with the Legislature and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to effectively implement this law.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.