Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) claims that 9 out of 10 tires are being used multiple times, which is to eliminate stockpiles altogether.

In the past two decades, there was a decrease in scrap tire stockpiles by almost 93 per cent, claims the report by RMA.

RMA’s field of competence are effective waste tire management programs which prescribe existence of a transportation regulation authority and scrap tires tracking, abandoned stockpiles cleanup, and support for environmentally sound scrap tire applications.

From 1990, more than 1 billion tires on stockpiles were cleaned up and recycled and only about 70 million remain untouched. About 70% of remaining tires are stockpiled in only two US states – Colorado (31 mio) and Texas (17 mio). Tires in other states – North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, Washington and Virginia – add up to almost 12 million additional stockpiled tires.

Mosquito-borne Zika virus urges state authorities to continue cleanup with the speed and efforts doubled. Tires on stockpiles are fertile ground for mosquito breeding just because they collect water, retain heat and offer a sort of protection.

28081_en_fc956_2064_rubber-manufacturers-association-logoAccording to Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO, effective laws for state scrap tire management and various programs by RMA have been producing an environmental success story. “There had been a reduction of stockpiles from about 1 billion tires in 1990 to less than 70 mio of tires today. Remarkably, almost 90 per cent of scrap tires generated annually are consumed in an end use market.”

In top end use markets tire-derived fuel adds up to 48 percent, ground rubber 26 percent and civil engineering uses 7%. TDF is mostly used by the cement industry, lime, pulp and paper makers as a supplemental fuel because of its high heat content and calorific value. Recycled rubber markets comprise mulch; asphalt modified by rubber, sporting surfaces and athletic tracks as well as yet limited use in new tires. Civil engineering uses comprise tires as a replacement fill material for vibration dampening in light rails, road embankments and other uses.

“States which passed laws with dedicated funding should remain vigilant and protect programs to prevent a resurgence of scrap tire problems,” Luke said. “A great deal has been accomplished through partnerships between state policymakers, recyclers and the tire industry. Our common goal should be elimination of stockpiles and a steady path toward a cleaner environment and a vibrant, growing scrap tire market.”

Source: Recycling Product News