Solid Waste & Recycling


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Since this magazine edition looks at cement kilns for the disposal of scrap tires and other high-BTU-value wastes, we thought we'd look at recycling alternatives, namely a Canadian company that's Nort...

Since this magazine edition looks at cement kilns for the disposal of scrap tires and other high-BTU-value wastes, we thought we’d look at recycling alternatives, namely a Canadian company that’s North America’s largest rubber recycler. Toronto-based rubber recycling company NRI Industries has launched Symar Sound Down into the retail market and also an awareness campaign for the Load-Grip friction mat. The products offer acoustic and safety benefits for, respectively, the building and transportation industries.

Founded in 1927 as the National Rubber Company, NRI Industries currently employs 600 people. It’s North America’s largest fully integrated manufacturer of recycled rubber products. The company operates four facilities across the Greater Toronto Area, including a tire recycling plant, two manufacturing plants, and a warehousing facility. The company’s tire recycling division recycles as many as 1.5 million tires annually, thoroughly separating the crumb rubber, steel and fibre, all of which can be reused or sold on the market.

The company has been honored with the Leadership Award for initiative in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by Voluntary Challenge & Registry Inc, an organization set up by the federal government to address climate change. NRI Industries has also been recognized by the Recycling Council of Ontario, The Ford Motor Company (Environmental Leadership Award) and presented with the Ontario Waste Minimization Award for Outstanding Green Industry.

“QuietDown” has been engineered to provide acoustic dampening by reducing mid to high frequency sound transmission through sub-floors. The product line is designed for use with hard surface floor coverings like ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate flooring and achieves IIC ratings from 49IIC to over 60IIC. The 4 x 3.5′ panels are installed on top of either concrete or plywood sub-floors. The hard surface flooring is then put in place using traditional installation techniques. The result is a finished hard surface floor with greatly reduced impact sound transmission.

People in the heavy duty truck and trailer industry are aware that, effective July 1, 2005, all provinces in Canada must ensure that motor carriers are compliant with load securement standards. The Load-Grip friction mat ensures motor carries are in full compliance.

The friction mats are manufactured from fibre-reinforced masticated rubber, which provides tear and stretch resistance. This high-coefficient of friction mat assists in the reduction of load movement tendency by a proven factor of eight. Also, speeds as low as 2.5 mph can affect a motor-carriers load, which in turn can damage commodities.

All anti-skid mats used in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) must meet the required minimum coefficient friction of 0.8g. Load-Grip has a rating of 1.15g. Each mat comes with a yellow colour band for quick identification for highway inspectors, a move that was appreciated by the FMCSA and CVSA.

Guy Crittenden is editor of this magazine. To learn more about NRI Industries, log on to

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