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RE: Rubber Waste

This material might be usable as an additive to asphalt used in road paving and repairing.  You may want to contact the County of Santa Clara's (California) road department (I don't know the exact name).  I think it may have used material like this on some of its expressway repaving projects.  If my memory is correct, I think I read, in an article about the project, that such asphalt can drain rainwater better and keep it from penetrating the road and eroding the underlying support material.
If this is a viable approach, the result would be that the material's value is extended, rather than lost (except heat value) by combusting it.
I hope this information can help you.

Mike Rothenberg

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
939 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone:     (415) 749-4668
Fax:         (415) 749-4741

E-mail: mrothenberg@baaqmd.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: Gonzalez, Raul [mailto:raulg@utep.edu]
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 11:36 AM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: FW: Rubber Waste

Does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with clean black rubber waste?  There is a small business with about 20,000 lbs of scrap cuttings on hand, and they want to do something better than simply landfill it.  I am still waiting on more information on exactly how this is generated and what it looks like in order to suggest a P2 solution.  So far the best use I can think of is boiler fuel for a pulp/paper facility!  Any suggestions?  
Raul E. Gonzalez
Program Manager
Southwest Pollution Prevention Center--IM3
University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University
El Paso, Texas 79968
Ph: (915) 747-6273
Fx: (915) 747-5437