Scrap Tire Workgroup
The Scrap Tire Workgroup created five committees to work on various issues related to scrap tire management and markets. These committees consisted of representatives from various state environmental agencies, industry, EPA, and academia with expertise in scrap tire management, market development, and application technologies.
The five committees of the Scrap Tire Workgroup have developed action plans in order to support the overall goals of the workgroup.
Uses for Scrap Tires Explored in the Action Plans
- Tire-derived aggregate is useful in many civil engineering applications, such as road and landfill construction.
- Ground rubber applications include recycling the rubber into new products, playground, and sports surfacing.
- Rubberized asphalt is a more safe, durable, and quiet alternative for roads.
- Tire-derived fuel can be used as a replacement for fossil fuels in approved devises such as cement kilns with proper controls.
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Goal #1: Divert 85% of newly generated scrap tires to reuse, recycling or energy recovery by 2008 (vs. 70% in 2003).
Finding strong and diverse markets for scrap tires is the best strategy for diverting scrap tires from tire piles and landfills. Due to the large number of scrap tires generated every year (approx. 290 million), a major disruption in the markets will cause a significant increase in tire piles and an increase in the number of tires that are disposed in landfills. The more diverse the markets are, the better able they are to accommodate potential fluctuations.
The committees efforts directed towards this goal focus on:
- Researching viable scrap tire applications
- Recognizing legitimate uses of scrap tires by developing markets
- Conducting outreach
Goal #2: Reduce by 55% the number of tires in existing (270 million in 2003) stockpiles by 2008.
Success in achieving this goal is dependent on cooperation between states and current Workgroup contributors.
Contributors to the Workgroup
- Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
- Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycles)
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Georgia Department of Natural Resources
- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
- Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
- Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources
- Montana Department of Environmental Quality
- North Carolina Division of Waste Management
- New Mexico Environment Department
- Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
- South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
- South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Cement Kiln Recycling Coalition
- DK Enterprises
- Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
- JaiTire Portland Cement Industries, Inc.
- Liberty Tire Services Inc.
- Portland Cement Association
- Rhode Island Resource Recovery Association
- Recycling Research Institute / Scrap Tire News
- Rubber Applications & Technologies
- Rubber Pavement Association
- Rubber Manufacturers Association
- TAG Resource Recovery
- Tex-American Recycling and Tire Disposal
- Tire Industry Association
- Tri-Rinse, Inc