Welcome to this edition of the Tire/Rubber Beat. In the most recent edition of Scrap magazine, I had the pleasure of reading an article “The Changing Commodity Mix” which looked at ISRI’s history – where we were and where we’re going.
As one of the founding members of ISRI’s Scrap Tire Division, I remember when we joined ISRI. In the early 2000’s, I and several other tire recyclers formed the National Association of Scrap Tire Processors. After making a go of running our own association we realized that in order to impact the tire recycling industry and be seen as a leading voice for it we needed to be part of something bigger than ourselves. So in 2001, we approached ISRI and asked them to bring us into their tent. With that, the Scrap Tire Chapter and Tire and Rubber Division was born. Since that time, we’ve seen a lot and done a lot to improve the tire recycling industry. Whether it was developing our own ASTM playground mulch standard, including language in a federal highway transportation bill to support rubberized asphalt, or developing our own fire safety manual, ISRI has helped us improve the industry.
As we look to the future, we’re continuing to fight for our unique corner of the recycling industry. In this issue, you’ll see articles that point to that activity. For the first time, ISRI is including a track of workshops at the Operations Forum that will focus on single and dual shaft shredders. We’re continuing to support rubberized asphalt by developing a rubberized asphalt sub-committee and we are making new tools available to support your ability to advocate on behalf of tire recycling.
And while over the past 16 years we’ve done a lot to improve the industry, we can’t stop now. It’s important for the industry to continually evolve and respond to new market challenges and opportunities. We see lots of members working with plastics and other polymers to develop new products and markets. It will be interesting to see how these markets play out and how they will change the face of this industry. Moving up the value chain is where many of our futures lie and we need to embrace that change wholeheartedly. With support from our association, I’m confident we’ll continue to get the support we need.
I’m proud to have been there at the beginning of ISRI’s support for the industry, and I’m looking forward to seeing where we are headed. I’m interested in hearing from you and where you think the industry is going. I encourage you to pick up the phone or drop me a note and let me know what’s on your mind.
ISRI Tire and Rubber Division Chair