150 million scrap fossil-based tires land in tire cemeteries every year – a 1.5 million ton monument to the state of civilization.
What can biobased materials achieve to reduce fossil fuels usage, remediate cost, and improve tire performance?
Turns out, a lot, according to Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone and Cooper Tires.
There are an awful lot of tires out there. In the US alone, the EPA estimates that 233 million are scrapped every year.
45 percent are consumed as fuel through recycling, 20 percent go into civil engineering projects, or are otherwise recycled. 8 percent are recycled as ground rubber into asphalt or other products; 3 percent are used in other recycling applications, and 9 percent are exported.
Leaving 20 percent for tire cemeteries – also known as landfill, in many cases. That’s around 45 million per year -or, more than 150 million worldwide.
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