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Scrap Tire Facts & Figures
Number of scrap tires generated annually (1998): 270 million
Approximate weight of these scrap tires: 3.4 million tons
Percentage of total solid wastes generated: (1998): 1.8%
Number of scrap tires in stock piles: 500 million
Number of scrap tires going to a market (1998): 177.5 million
Number of scrap tires processing facilities: 498
Number of scrap tires used for fuel (1998): 114 million
Number of facilities using tire-derived fuel (1998): 72
Scrap tires used in civil engineering applications (1998): 20 million
Number of scrap tires exported (1998): 15 million
Scrap tires processed into ground rubber (1998): 15 milllion
Scrap tires punched/stamped into new products (1998): 8 million
Number of scrap tires used in a pyrolysis process (1998): 0
Number of states with scrap tires legislation/regulations: 48
Btu's per pound of scrap tire rubber: 15,000
Average weight of a passenger car scrap tire: 20 pounds
Number of states that ban whole tires from landfills: 35
Number of states that ban all scrap tires from landfills: 8
Number of states with no landfill restricts: 6
Number of States with a fee: 30
States that allow Monofills: 6
Percentage of scrap tires that are passenger car tires: 84
Percentage of scrap tires that are from light and heavy trucks: 15
Heavy equipment, aircraft and off-road tires: 1
Range of weight for truck tires: 40 pounds to 10,000 pounds
Amount of steel in a steel belted radial passenger car tires: 2.5 pounds
Oil (equivalency) in a passenger car tire: 7 gallons
Best ways to reduce the number of scrap tires generated:
1. Purchase longer-tread life tires
2. Rotate tires every 4,000 miles
3. Check for/inflate tires to recommended air pressure levels twice a month
4. Balance tires when rotating them
Number of passenger car tires to equal one ton: 100
Specific gravity of tire rubber: 1.15
Number of polymers (rubber) used in tire construction: 3-4
Number of new products that contain recyclable tire rubber: 110 and counting
Fastest growing new markets: playground cover, soil amendments, flooring/matting
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