Preliminary Agenda

8th Scrap Tire Recycling Conference
Dec. 4-5, 2019 | Hyatt Greenville, SC

(Agenda is subject to change)

Day 1

December 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Welcome | Scrap Tire Markets: South Carolina’s Leadership
With four tire manufacturing companies operating eleven manufacturing plants in the state, South Carolina is the heart of the industry in the United States. Not surprisingly, it is also a leader in scrap tire management, boasting a robust program that was able to address the recent Monk’s corner tire pile issue. As the epicenter for tire manufacturing, how can South Carolina’s scrap tire program serve as an example for growing sustainable, circular markets for scrap tires?

  • Anne Forristall Luke, President & CEO, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA)

  • Rick Toomey, Director, S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC)

The Circular Economy: Overview & Future Thinking
The traditional take, make, dispose model of production is being challenged by a new system called circular economy. Learn more about what circular economy is, how it is shaping the automotive industry and changing waste disposal markets.


Emerging State Issues in State Scrap Tire Management

Join our expert panel in a discussion about emerging issues and best practices for promoting scrap tire market growth in the states. Our speakers will take a closer look at state scrap tire programs, assess challenges states are currently tackling for scrap tire management, and discuss opportunities to advance circular economy into scrap tire market growth in the states.


  • Rhonda Oyer, Chief, Sustainable Materials Management Unit, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy

  • Brian Gaboreau, Waste Tire Grants Administrator, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment


Keynote Speaker:  Damon Carson, Founder and President, Repurposed Materials
Innovation: Repurposing Tires for New Solutions
Damon Carson, Founder and President of Repurposed Materials is a thought-provoking and innovative entrepreneur who is successful at keeping substantial amounts of materials out of landfills. He does this through a combination of appreciating the value of and finding new uses for existing materials. During this lunch plenary we will learn more about the repurposing process and creative and unique opportunities to utilize scrap tires.

Transportation Infrastructure Solutions & Rubber Modified Asphalt
America's infrastructure is badly in need of repair and modernization and numerous states are responding. With increasing usage in state infrastructure projects across the country, learn more about current tire derived aggregate and rubber-modified asphalt technologies, benefits of using these technologies, barriers to market expansion and how the use of rubber modified asphalt fits into circular economic thinking for scrap tire markets.


Emerging Materials Regulations & Impact on Scrap Tire Markets
With the passage of changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act in 2016, the primary federal chemical management law, and implementation of state green chemistry programs, evaluations of chemicals and their uses are occurring more frequently.  Find out how review of tire materials by EPA under TSCA and under state chemical management programs may impact scrap tire markets and what you need to know to prepare. 


  • Sarah Amick, Vice President, EHS&S and Senior Counsel, USTMA

  • Kimm Jarden, Principal Sustainability Specialist, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Micronized Rubber Powder & Devulcanization Technologies
Roughly 250 million scrap tires are generated annually. In order to minimize waste and make the most of scrap tires as a resource, stakeholders must advance end uses that promote circular economy. This discussion will focus on micronized rubber powder and devulcanization technologies which transform scrap tires into new products. Experts will address current trends for these markets, opportunities for growth, and how these markets advance circular economy.



The use of pyrolysis presents opportunities to extract materials inputs from tires and using the materials for other purposes, advancing a principle of circular economy; minimizing waste.  The discussion will draw a focus on current pyrolysis technologies that exist and present an opportunity to hear from market experts about expansion and future growth prospects.


Evening Reception

Day 2

December 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tire Derived Fuel
What opportunities exist for expansion and increased efficiency in the Tire- Derived Fuel (TDF) arena? Join us as we assess the future opportunities for this fuel. How can we make TDF use more attractive, including taking advantage of state incentives for the biogenic fraction?


  • Jesse Levine, Director, Environment & Safety Regulatory Affairs, USTMA

  • Louis Baer, Director & Asst. Counsel, Portland Cement Association

Durable Molded & Extruded Products
The turnaround in U.S. scrap tire consumption is remarkable. In 1990, only 11 percent of annually generated scrap tires were consumed in beneficial end-use markets, with the remaining tires ending up in stockpiles. By 2017, end-use markets consumed 81.4 percent of scrap tires generated in the U.S. Top market categories for scrap tires include tire-derived fuel, ground rubber and civil engineering applications, but the need to expand all economically viable and environmentally sound scrap tire markets remains an imperative. Durable molded and extruded products offer potentially circular markets for tire derived material. We’ll be looking at this category of ground rubber and its expansion into the automotive sector, among others.

  • Art Dodge, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer & President, Ecore

  • Haikun Xu, Entech

Future Tire Technologies & Managing Processing Challenges
Tire manufacturers continue to innovate to introduce new materials and technologies for use in tires to increase tire performance which can create challenges for scrap tire processers.  In this session, we will examine several emerging tire technologies and the challenges processors face in managing and overcoming processing challenges to ensure these tires end up in sustainable end use markets.


  • Charlie Astafan, General Manager, CM Shredders

  • David Forrester, VP of Operations, Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC

Conference concludes no later than 1:00 EST