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This September, Atlantic Wind and Solar announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, KB Industries (KBI) received notice that the firm has been selected as one of five manufacturers worldwide for inclusion into a State of California sponsored testing and evaluation program, as reported by Business Insider. The program is offered under the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Feedstock Conversion Technical Assistance and Material Testing Services (FCS) and will evaluate and test a new KBI – engineered product designed as a better retaining wall for erosion control. These programs are designed to expand the demand for differentiated and higher value-added tire-derived products by providing an incentive to use at least five percent of California recycled tire rubber to partially replace virgin rubber, EPDM, plastic, or other raw material. and increase the sale of products that already contain crumb rubber. Some of the engineering tests that will be done will include horizontal pressure load limits, sound absorption characteristics, and maximum vertical wall loading.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) in the United Kingdom reports that this autumn could bring with it a new rash of end-of-life tyre dumping and site abandonment. Several factors are in play at this present time which the public, UK’s regulators and the tyre trade itself should be aware, according to the TRA. First and foremost ‘gate’ prices – typical amount charged by end-of-life tyre recyclers and others to accept old tyres from those providing a collection-only service – have almost doubled since the start of the year as market conditions have hardened, indications are that they will remain at these new levels.
The UK’s Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) reports that the announcement by the Environment Agency that it has approved a new time-limited Regulatory Position Statement (RPS 238) allowing enhanced materials storage at dockside has been widely welcomed by TRA members. The RPS will permit up to 5000 tons of PAS107-processed and compliant material to be stored portside in secure conditions prior to bulk loading and shipment primarily for use as tyre-derived fuel overseas.