Pennsylvania tire reuse project could protect
Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell
announced that Pennsylvania will be investing $700,000 in order
to dispose of approximately 500,000 scrap tires.
The money and tires will be used
to refurbish rural roads, preventing erosion and sediment from
flowing into streams, and reducing breeding grounds for mosquitoes
to reduce the spread of West Nile Virus. All of this is an effort
to demonstrate low-cost ways to improve quality of life and the
environment in rural areas.
Penn State University’s
Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies will be responsible for
the demonstration. The Center plans on using baled tires as fill
material to fix badly entrenched dirt and gravel roads which are
common occurrences in rural areas. The bales will be created from
whole tires shaped into blocks of approximately one ton each.
The bales will be utilized as
a fill base for sections of roads in Madison and Greenwood townships.
Drainage structures will also be put into place in order to funnel
runoff to vegetated areas rather than into streams. This project
is expected to be completed sometime this summer.
The funding for this venture
comes from the Starr Waste Tire Reuse Grant Program. This is one
of several efforts by the state to clean up the Starr Tire Pile
that contains nearly six million waste tires.
Other grants through the Starr
Waste Tire Reuse Grant Program have been given out as well. In
May of last year, the first two grants were awarded, the first
to The Recycling Environmental Group, and the second to Carbon
Services Corp. The Recycling Environmental Group received $999,948
for their plan to process one million tires into two-four inch
scraps that would be further reduced to crumb rubber at a facility
in Bloomsburg. Carbon Services Corp. received $299,970 to remove
roughly 2,000 large, hard-to-dispose-of tires. These tires can
each weigh half a ton or better so are not suitable for traditional
methods of disposal. Instead, they will be baled, filled with
concrete and sunk off the coast of Delaware to become artificial
reefs in the Atlantic Ocean.