Ever wonder where all those tires go after they come
off the truck? The image of massive piles of waste tires comes to most people’s
Well, not anymore.
A report from the Rubber Manufacturers Association says that 80 percent of the
290 million tires scrapped in 2003 were recycled. That’s 233 million tires that
were used in civil engineering projects, products made from ground rubber and
tire-derived fuel – fuel used to generate electricity or in industrial
new figure represents a huge turnaround. In 1990, just 11 percent were
Not only are fewer tires going into waste piles, the
old waste piles are disappearing. The association said stockpiles of scrap tires have been
reduced by nearly 75 percent since 1990.
ground rubber is used in athletic and recreational surfaces; in rubber-modified
asphalt for roads; carpet underlay; flooring material; dock bumpers and
railroad crossing blocks. The rubber used in civil engineering projects
contributes to road and landfill construction, septic tank leach fields and
other construction applications.