What Is Tire RecyclingTimes：2018-01-31 Author：zhengyangtire
Tire recycling is the process of converting end-of-life or unwanted old tires into material that can be utilized in new products. End-of-life tires typically become candidates for recycling when they become no longer functional due to wear or damage, and can no longer be re-treaded or re-grooved.
There are over one billion end-of-life tires generated annually, worldwide, and it is estimated that four billion unwanted end-of-life tires exist in landfills and stockpiles.
Scrap tires are generated at about the rate of one per person in the US, or about 300 million per year, and as a result, the importance of tire recycling cannot be understated. Going back 100 years or so into the history of tires, tire recycling was a priority, with the price of an ounce of rubber rivaling the price of an ounce of silver. Such economic incentives faded, however, with the introduction of synthetic rubber made from cheap imported oil, as well as by the adoption of steel belted radial tires which were much more challenging to recycle. As a result, worn out tires increasingly found their way to landfills or were often dumped illegally, creating unanticipated hazards. Fortunately, tires are now increasing diverted from landfills. While there was a market for only 17 percent of old tires in 1990, this had risen to 80.4 percent by 2003, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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