Fact #435: July 31, 2006
Where Do Scrapped Tires Go?
About 80% of the 290 million tires that were scrapped in 2003 were used in end-use markets instead of going to a landfill or other unknown disposal. Forty-four percent of the scrap tires were used as tire-derived fuel, mainly in the industrial sector. The civil engineering category includes tire shreds used in road construction and other construction uses. Ground rubber applications include playground and other sports surfacing.
|Share of Total Tires Scrapped|
|Electric Arc Furnaces||0.2%|
|Total Tires Scrapped||290 million|
Source:Rubber Manufacturers Association, U.S. Scrap Tire Markets, 2003 Edition, July 2004, Figure 2.0.