- Every year, approximately 12 million scrap tires are made into rubberized asphalt, which is used to resurface federal interstates and highways in many states.
- Another transportation-related use for old tires is highly durable, rubber-encased railroad ties. Each tie includes about 80 pounds of ground-up scrap tires and plastic from discarded bottles, held together with a special binder or glue around a steel beam. The resulting product is about twice as strong and will last about three times as long as a wooden tie.
- Recycled tires are also used to create eco-friendly, low-maintenance decks for homes. Ground-up tire rubber is combined with polyethylene resins to make molded boards that can withstand extreme heat and cold and sun and insect damage better than natural wood.
- Recycled tire rubber can also be used for running tracks, basketball courts and outdoor playground surfaces.
By Wendy Gabriel on December 31, 2012
Only 80% of spent rubber tires are recycled annually in the U.S. But their recycled purposes make them an important commodity.
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November 20, 2013This Giving Tuesday, Go Green for Girls
Tuesday, December 3 is a day to give back. Donate your used electronics to help a girl in need!