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A Green World

When the Second World War happened, there arose a great need for rubber. In order to suffice this need, citizens were called upon to render a solution by giving both used & unused tires to support the war efforts. Post Second World War, became cheap prices and available in plenty. This situation turned into a real mess as piles & piles of recyclable material was clogging the landfills.

The rubber scarp market today offers a potential market in making a profitable business by recycling rubber. All kinds of tires starting from two wheelers to the truck tires are manufactured from rubber compounds, steel wire, synthetic & natural fibres. It is great to know that all these materials are recyclable

Rubber mulch is another profitable use of the tire rubber. Rubber mulch provides several advantages over plant material based mulches. Firstly, it is used for landscaping and gardening purposes. Secondly, another advantage over plant-material mulches is its elasticity, which gives it a springy quality when used in a fairly thick layer. This makes it a natural choice for playgrounds, where the extra springiness provides additional safety for children when they fall off of playground equipment. Thirdly, Tire Derived Fuel (TDF) is yet another product from rubber. Fourthly, Tires have also been cut up and used in garden beds as bark mulch to hold in the water and to prevent weeds from growing. Some "green" buildings, both private and public, have been made from old tires.

 Scrap tire rubber is a highly sought material. In 2012, scrap processors produced 1.1 billion pounds of crumb rubber that was used in the creation of new products ranging from sidewalks to horse tracks. Tire recycling is an economically sound, environmentally friendly activity that can contribute to the reduction of a product’s overall carbon footprint. In fact, the use of recycled rubber in molded products provides a substantial carbon footprint advantage over the use of virgin plastic resins, having between four and 20 times lower carbon footprint.

The future for tire recycling is strong. Applications for scrap tire rubber, such as rubberized asphalt — have become recognized for their preferable properties is gaining in prominence and widespread use. Many states already use rubberized asphalt when they design, reconstruct or repair their roadways and it is used for several simple and straightforward reasons: it can cost less, provide safety benefits and last longer than conventional asphalt.

The Future Rubber Scrap Market:

John Sheerin has been director, end-of-life tires, for the Rubber Manufacturers Association for only about six months. His involvement with the RMA's scrap tire management program, however, goes back much longer than that.

As environmental manager, then environmental director, for Bridgestone Retail Operations L.L.C., Sheerin had extensive experience aiding the RMA's scrap tire management efforts for at least 15 years before he officially became a member of the RMA staff on June 30, replacing the association's longtime scrap tire executive, Michael Blumenthal.

Sheerin believes the scrap tire industry as organized is well-positioned for continued success. “It's a maturing industry,” he said. “It has the second-best record of productive reuse of any recycling industry, behind auto batteries.”

In its 2013 Scrap Tire Management Survey, the RMA showed that 95.9 percent of scrap tires generated in the U.S. reached end-use markets that year. A confluence of factors was responsible for that historically high recycling rate, according to Sheerin.

Sheerin is optimistic the scrap tire industry can maintain and even increase the high 2013 utilization rate.

Crumb rubber markets should continue to see growth, especially in molded/extruded products and crumb-rubber-modified asphalt, Sheerin said. “Rubber-modified asphalt is an excellent product competing on its own merits, and we expect it will continue to grow,” he said.

The scrap tire industry has every reason to be optimistic about the future, especially because of its own efforts, according to Sheerin.

“I like the way the industry keeps looking for higher-end markets and better uses for scrap tires,” he said. “This industry is all about market development.”

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