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December 2006


Keeping Tires out of Landfills

Buckeye Wood Energy is working with a greenhouse in northern Ohio to burn tire derived fuel (TDF).  The tires are ground into 2"  pieces, blended with wood chips and fed into an industrial boiler which provides heat for several acres of greenhouses growing seasonal flowers. 

The tire chips are generate by licensed tire processors.  Prior to recycling the scrap tires into boiler fuel.

The scrap tire chips have the equivalent BTU value of coal, but with a substantially lower cost.  Buckeye Wood is providing the TDF around $1 per million BTU.  With proper air pollution control equipment for wood-burning boilers, TDF becomes a cost-effective alternative fuel in a mix of 10-15% TDF to 85-90% wood, and does not increase emissions in most applications.