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Rubber recycling committee to boost end markets

In an effort to promote the reuse of scrap tires, tire manufacturers have initiated an effort to help increase mark...


In an effort to promote the reuse of scrap tires, tire manufacturers have initiated an effort to help increase markets for coarse rubber. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has created a scrap tire industry ad hoc committee on coarse rubber, continuing a program launched at the 2002 Rubber Recycling Conference, which was sponsored by RMA and the Rubber Association of Canada.

Among the challenges the new industry committee will face to expand coarse rubber markets is to dispel longstanding myths about recycled rubber and establish voluntary recycling guidelines. The committee will collect information on where this material can be reused, how it is used and its safety benefits. The committee also will seek to establish voluntary industry guidelines for quality assurance of the raw material and finished product.

The committee is comprised of representatives from the following industry groups: RMA, Scrap Tire News, Columbus McKinnon Corporation, Jaitire, BAS Recycling, Liberty Tire, and Emanuel Tire. The RMA estimates that about 218 million scrap tires from North America went to end use markets in 2001.

For further information, contact Dan Zielinski at 202-682-4846 or dzielinski@rma.org


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