RMA creates guide for addressing scrap tire problem

March 10, 2004

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is helping efforts to clean up scrap tires along the U.S.-Mexico border.

It has developed a "blueprint" for starting a company that will help put those tires to new uses.

The material was prepared in conjunction with a Texas Mexico Border Waste Tire Grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Border Affairs Division.

"Transforming the scrap tire situation along the U.S.-Mexico border will take a number of steps," said Michael Blumenthal, RMA senior technical director and principal author of the guide. "One of the most important initiatives will be to establish sustainable markets for scrap tires. The blueprint will be a useful tool for those considering entry into the scrap tire industry."

The RMA is a key participant in the Texas Mexico Border Waste Tire Workgroup and has been working with private industry and government agencies to find solutions to the scrap tire problem along the U.S.-Mexico border. The group also is working with potential large-scale end users of scrap tires that could take tires from parts of the Texas-Mexico border. Later this year, the RMA will present information on market opportunities along the New Mexico-Mexico border area.

For more information, the guide is available at www.rma.org.