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What are some innovative ways tires can be recycled?

Going along with our new feature Trash Talk Tuesday I wanted to post some information about the uses for scrap tires. This information was obtained directly from the http://www.epa.gov US environmental protection agencies web site.

There are lots of innovative ways to recycle tires! There are currently at least 110 new products that contain recyclable tire rubber. The fastest growing markets are playground cover, soil additives (adding fine, shredded tire pieces to soil for various purposes), flooring/matting, and landfill construction material. Rubberized asphalt also uses a large number of scrap tires each year—many state departments of transportation are using tire material in highway construction.

 What is the status of scrap tire rubber being used in highways?

The use of ground rubber from scrap tires in highways is the largest single use of recycled rubber. Currently 12 million scrap tires per year are used in highways. Both the Federal Highway Administration and a number of state environmental and transportation departments have used and investigated rubberized asphalt for highways. Arizona has been a leader in this area, while California, Connecticut, New York, and Texas have also had positive experiences with rubberized asphalt. A recent study developed by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA, 2002) showed that asphalt-rubber pavement has a lower life-cycle cost than conventional pavement.

Innovative Uses of Scrap Tires

 Highway Sound Barriers
– Many states are turning to absorptive sound barriers—structures that soak up sound—to reduce highway noise. The “Whisper Wall” used in Northern Virginia, starts as a mixture of concrete aggregate, cement, water, and small pieces of shredded rubber from scrap tires. The wall deflects sound waves among its nooks and crannies until they lose energy.

Athletic and Recreational Applications – Several brands of resilient playground rubber surfacing material are being made from recycled tires and sold at major retailers across the US. The material can absorb much of the impact from falls providing added safety to children. This material can also be used as a mulch replacement in medians or decorative areas. Athletic and recreational applications are a fast growing market for ground rubber. An estimated 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber were used in 2001 for athletic/field turf applications (50 million pounds)—above or below the ground—and as loose cover (30 million pounds).

Railroad Ties – Highly durable, rubber-encased railroad ties are being produced using scrap tires. These railroad ties have a steel-beam core filled with concrete that is then encased in 80 pounds of ground-up scrap tires and discarded plastic bottles, held together with a special binder or glue. These railroad ties are over 200% stronger than creosote-soaked wooden ties, enabling railroads to use fewer ties per mile. Moreover, rubber-encased railroad ties could last 60 to 90 years versus 5 to 30 years for wood.

Where can you recycle light iron?  Right here at R.H. Willson’s!  As of 2012, we offer recycling of light iron.  Our customers can drive onto our on-site scale with of load of scrap and get paid per pound.  Unsure of what type of items we recycle?  Simply call and speak to our counter personnel for acceptable items and price per pound information http://www.willsonauto.com