UPPER NYACK, N.Y.—Michael Blumenthal, retired vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, has formed a new consulting company, Marshay Inc.
Marshay will specialize in all matters related to scrap tire management, Blumenthal said in a Sept. 1 press release.
“My goal is to provide practical advice on all scrap tire matters,” he said. “I believe my 28 years of experience provides a unique insight and understanding of how the scrap tire industry works, and how it relates to the larger solid waste and recycling industry.”
Blumenthal started in the scrap tire industry with Oxford Energy Co., the tires-to-energy firm, in 1986, and joined the RMA in 1990. In his 24 years with the RMA, Blumenthal became one of the nation's foremost experts on scrap tire disposal and recycling.
During his tenure at the RMA, Blumenthal worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration and all 50 state regulatory agencies to create workable regulations governing the abatement, processing and end-use of scrap tires.
During that period, the percentage of annually generated scrap tires going to end-use markets rose from 11 percent in 1990 to nearly 85 percent in 2014, and the number of stockpiled tires in the U.S. fell from 1 billion to 120 million.