December 2004

Mexican Officials Audience to RMA

Washington, DC— A presentation on scrap tire management principles was the featured topic during a meeting of foreign environment attachés at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Michael Blumenthal, senior technical director for the Rubber Manufacturers Association provided an overview of the U.S. scrap tire situation and the components of successful market-oriented scrap tire solutions.

Blumenthal told the audience that the U.S. tire industry and state environmental officials have worked hard over the past 14 years to develop effective scrap tire cleanup laws and also to help develop markets that put scrap tires to new uses. Nearly twenty environmental attachés attended the presentation as well as Mexico’s U.S. Ambassador, Carlos de Icaza.

“Tire manufacturers have promoted environmentally and economically sound solutions to reduce scrap tire waste,” Blumenthal said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to present our experiences to representatives of other nations.”

Blumenthal noted that successful scrap tire programs in the U.S. must include licensing of scrap tire transporters and processors, effective record-keeping of scrap tire shipments, enforcement of scrap tire regulations and a dedicated fee to be used by government to fund stockpile cleanup and to assist in the development of markets that use scrap tires as a resource.

Additionally, Blumenthal spoke of the need for nations with little or no scrap tire infrastructure to start slowly and avoid mistakes such as inefficient government subsidies.

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