The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a public meeting on the permitting process for entities dealing waste tires in the state.
On Wednesday, representatives from regional governments, businesses and individuals are expected to attend and discuss the two types of permits: one for collection centers and one for waste tire processors.
“There are already permits like this in place, but they’re set to expire in June of 2014. And by state law we have to get these permits issued at least six months in advance of those of the current permits expiring,” said Ben Jones, Chief of the Solid Waste Division at the ADEQ.
He also says there are many applications for unused tires.
“Some of the tires are taken to facilities that will shred them. And at that point there’s different applications depending on whatever that particular facility’s ability to shred the tires. If they shred it fine enough it could be a mulch substitute. Sometimes if they can shred it fine enough it can go to playgrounds. You know, it’s because it’s soft.”
The meeting will take place at 1 PM Wednesday, at the ADEQ’s headquarters in North Little Rock. It is free and open to the public.