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RMA Tire Company Members

Developing Scrap Tire Programs along the US/Mexico Border Michael Blumenthal Senior Technical Director Rubber Manufacturers Association Washington, DC. North America. RMA Tire Company Members. RMA Scrap Tire Strategic Goals.

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RMA Tire Company Members

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  1. Developing Scrap Tire Programs along the US/Mexico BorderMichael BlumenthalSenior Technical DirectorRubber Manufacturers AssociationWashington, DC

  2. North America RMA Tire Company Members

  3. RMA Scrap Tire Strategic Goals • To promote the elimination of all scrap tire piles in an environmentally and economically sound manner • To promote the management of all annually generated scrap tires in an environmentally and economically sound manner

  4. RMA Scrap Tire Strategic Goals • To seek public awareness of scrap tire management success • To advocate for a legislative and regulatory environment that is supportive of the RMA scrap tire mission

  5. US/Mexico Border Region

  6. Tires on the US/Mexico Border • Used tires brought into Mexico; many stay along border region • Unlikely to stop flow of tires into Mexico • Many stockpiles exist: No accurate data • No markets exist; worsening pile growth • Few markets on US side of border


  8. Salvage Yard “Junk”Yonkes

  9. Tire Repair Micro Business

  10. Texas Mexico Border

  11. Scrap Tire Situation in Mexico • No Federal or State legislation or regulations on scrap tires exist • No fees paid for disposal/transportation • Limited processing capacity • Used tires continue to be imported • Private funds are scarce







  18. Scrap Tires Situation on US Side • In general, few markets exists along the border region in the 4 border states • California considering a border market development program • Arizona not actively working along border region

  19. Atlanta, Texas


  21. Scrap Tires Situation on US Side • Texas has several programs, but no state funds • New Mexico has no state program, but border region programs are starting • US EPA considers border region a priority, but has not committed funds

  22. Border 2012 • US & Mexico developed Border 2012 in 2005 as a program to protect the environment & public health along the border region • An objective of the program is to identify needs for waste management & pollution prevention as they pertain to…solid waste & toxic substances along the border

  23. Border 2012 • One of the four priority issues identified by the Waste Policy Forum was tire piles prevention & clean up • Stated goal of Border 2012 is to clean up three of the largest sites that contain abandoned scrap tires

  24. Border 2012 • Stockpile abatement has begun • Abated scrap tires going to Cemex (cement kilns) for fuel • EPA & SEMARNAT looking to go beyond abatement program to create market infrastructure


  26. Other Initiatives • Ciudad Juarez/El Paso: Began collection program; tires sent to Cemex • Nuevo Laredo/Laredo: Have drop off site; tires being sent to Cemex • Brownsville/Matamoros conducting a study on market options

  27. 7 Mexican Indigenous Peoples 26 US Tribes 28 “Sister” cities 4 regional working groups 3 border-wide groups 3 policy forums Task forces (many) 3 EPA offices 7 SEMARNAT offices 4 US state agencies 6 Mexican states & their agencies Many Players Involved

  28. RMA Involvement • Presentations at 2 forums in Mexico • Working with SEMARNAT through the Mexican Embassy to develop a scrap tire management plan for the border • Chairs an Ad hoc working group that provides a centralized information base • Member of the Scrap Tire Task Force (with EPA, SEMARNAT & states)

  29. Opportunities • Scrap tires have been identified as a priority issue • State, Federal & international organizations looking to fund programs • Abundant supply of tires • Well developed industrial base along border region

  30. Opportunities • TDF is an accepted use for tires; potential end users exist along border • There is considerable interest in rubber modified asphalt • Civil engineering applications would be an easy fit • Well developed transportation system

  31. Challenges • Neither EPA nor SEMERNAT has a budget for scrap tire programs • Funds are going to hazardous waste and waste water projects • Cross-border projects could mean having to deal with multiple levels of ‘red tape’ from multiple agencies

  32. Suggested Approach • Municipalities can become active players by creating demand for scrap tire-derived material • Municipalities should seek opportunities to use tire shreds in civil engineering applications • Use in road embankments can use large quantities of tires

  33. Tire Shreds?

  34. First load of shreds

  35. Overview of construction

  36. Spreading shreds with dozer

  37. Completed embankment


  39. Slope to be Repaired

  40. Tire Bales Placed

  41. Cover for Final Layer

  42. Completed Slope

  43. Composted Slope

  44. Slope Repair at a Landfill

  45. Slope Repair

  46. Compost on Slope

  47. Prerequisites for Success • Must have municipal leadership support • Must have support from leadership of the Department of Public Works • Must provide training sessions to DPW • Must educate tire processors • Price paid for tire shreds must be fair • Must have commitment to success

  48. Training Programs • RMA has training program material on processing technology; civil engineering applications & business development • RMA already committed to a civil engineering session in Columbus, NM-Palomas, Chih. area in early 2006

  49. To Have a Training Course • Municipal leaders must be present • Decision makers from DPW must be present and commit to using tires • Design engineers from DPW must be present • Must have a “champion” to follow up and keep project on track

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