Month: July 2017

Black Bear becomes world’s first C2C certified rCB producer

On June 27, Black Bear announced that its carbon black has received an official Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze Certificate, assessed by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This is the first time that a carbon black has received this certification. “This certification is a clear demonstration of our commitment to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy. We are pleased that we can now offer carbon black users a real and officially certified choice for selecting clean and green materials” said Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO Black Bear. The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program is an independent, third-party...

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Rubberized asphalt to reduce noise on Tuscany’s roads

Statistics claims that traffic noise affects some 125 million of people in Europe. A European initiative Life-Nereid came with a possible solution: it plans to introduce new rubberized asphalt produced from recycled tire rubber and recycled asphalt in Tuscany in order to investigate whether it will lead to noise reduction. The project was introduced in Verona during the key Italian event for asphalt and pavement industry, Asphaltica. The project is led by the University of Pisa, including ARPA Tuscany and the Tuscany Region. The World Health Organization has been consistently declaring that millions of people are in risk of...

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“Tire recycling vs. incineration” debate in Canada

In Brookfield, Nova Scotia, decade-old clippings kept by Lydia Sorflaten narrate a story of her fight against a cement plant in her neighborhood, which had been burning tires 500 meters from Nova Scotia lake. It takes just a couple of minutes to get to the Lafarge plant by car from her home. Even though Sorflaten and her neighbors managed to stop the harmful process of incineration back then, earlier this month she saw a news report telling that the battle wasn’t fully won, and this news was extremely discouraging for the 72-year old N.S. resident. Forgotten Canadian dispute whether...

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California pushes forward tire recycling legislation

The plan to boost tire recycling rate via endorsing legislation with the help of United States Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is now being considered by California. AB 509, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Frazier, would transform the existing municipal tire recycling grant scheme into an impellent program to support expansion of the use of tire-derived materials. The step also provides Cal Recycle, which is the state scrap tire monitoring organ, with power to introduce additional tire fees on tire dealers, which will cover administrative expenses needed for the program. USTMA successfully achieved shifts to the plan. Cal Recycle would...

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Why South Africa aims at liquidation of Redisa

The liquidation of Redisa provokes concerns over the government’s capability to ensure rational management of thousands of tons of waste tires accumulated in South Africa. Despite the fact that it is still not clear how the department of environmental affairs will craft their long-term solution for waste tire processing, the fight between the minister and the organization responsible for waste tire recycling has not led to staggering piles of used tires, as it was first predicted. June 1 was the day when the minister was given a provisional liquidation order against the Recycling & Economic Development Initiative of South...

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