New policies on state scrap tire laws and specifications for recycled tire wire are among the initiatives the Tire & Rubber Division of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is working to develop.
Both projects will be topics at ISRI's Annual Convention & Scrap Recycling Industry Exposition April 8-12 in Orlando, Fla., according to Tom Tyler, ISRI associate counsel and director of state and local programs.
The Tire & Rubber Division will meet April 8 to discuss the state law program and other issues. ``Our hope is to consider and approve those policies at the April convention, or at least to consider them,'' Tyler said.
Tyler didn't disclose any potential points in the state law platform. He said division members favor state scrap tire policies that encourage tire recycling.
Meanwhile, a task force, which includes tire recyclers, is working to create specifications for recycled tire wire that ISRI's Ferrous Division will consider when it meets April 9.
``We are working to improve the marketability of recycled tire wire, and the specifications are a first step,'' Tyler said. Organizations such as ASTM International are not involved in writing these specifications, he said. ``Our specifications are for marketplace purposes, to help buyers and sellers agree on what the product is. They're not like engineering specifications.''
The Tire & Rubber Division is considering having its first conference separate from the national organization, possibly next fall. Those talks are still in an early stage, according to Tyler. The division-made up of 15 scrap tire processor company members in 10 states-was formed in 2001 when the National Association of Scrap Tire Processors merged with ISRI.