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ISRI opposes EPA tyre recycling legislation changes

Archiv – United States | The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the United States, is asking the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to adopt proposed rules that ’will have a significant impact’ on the scrap recycling industry generally and specifically to the recycling of scrap tires.United States | The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the United States, is asking the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to adopt proposed rules that ’will have a significant impact’ on the scrap recycling industry generally and specifically to the recycling of scrap tires.
According to ISRI, the EPA has proposed an overly broad definition of solid waste for non hazardous secondary materials used as legitimate alternative fuels for energy. If adopted, the rule change would impact scrap tire processors ability to manufacture tire derived fuel. Tire derived fuel is a specification grade commodity that consumes nearly 50% of all scrap tires generated in the United States.
Although ISRI would like to see the ability to produce tire derived fuel preserved, its preference would be to have these scrap tires recycled and used in products such as rubberized asphalt, landscaping mulch, and other crumb rubber products. Unfortunately, due to the delicate balance of supply and demand this is not always possible and in order to ensure an environmentally responsible alternative to disposal of scrap tires, many of them are used as an alternative energy source.
Scrap tire recyclers have created a successful market for the generators of tires to economically and environmentally deal with their materials at the end of life. As such scrap tires are considered a commodity, thus helping to reduce the overall amount that is currently being converted into energy.
President of ISRI Robin Wiener says: ’ISRI is in strong opposition to this new regulation that EPA is proposing. If this rule change was implemented the affects would be devastating on the industry and the environment.’

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