What Becomes of Old Tires?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans replace approximately 290 million tires each year, and of those, about 233 million of them are recycled.
As of today, there are over 110 items made from waste tires. When tires are recycled, businesses can use them in various applications, including alternative fuel, athletic fields, construction materials, decks, mulch, playgrounds, railroad ties, and sound barriers, to mention a few.
To recycle an old tire, the tire must first be disassembled. Each of the rubber, steel, wires, and cloth are removed. They are then reused or go through their own recycling process.
Recycled rubber is used to make construction materials, playground equipment, and sporting tracks, among other things. The remainder of the waste components is utilized as fuel additives in various cement and pulp industries.