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The Life of a Recycled Tire

THE LIFE OF A RECYCLED TIRE TIRE FACTS Approximately 1 billion tires are produced in the world each year in over 450 factories. In the next few years that number is expected to reach 1.7 billion! BILLION $15 BİLLION The 100 tire companies in the U.S. make around $15 billion a yearl 75% The four largest tire companies make more than 75% of REVENUE the revenue. 200 Around 200 different raw materials are used to make one tire! MATERIALS 50.000 Passenger car tires generally need to be replaced every MILES 50,000 miles. With the average American driving around 12,000 miles a year, a lot of old tires are produced! THE PROBLEM WITH TIRES IN LANDFILLS Around 290 million tires are discarded in the U.S. each year! That is an awful lot of used tires that need a place to go. Whole tires take up a lot of space in landfills, especially when you consider that 75% of their space is void! Tires break down very slowly. It takes approximately 50-80 years (or longerl) for a tire to decompose in a landfill! Landfill liners damaged by tires can cause soil and water contamination! Tires in landfills have a tendency to float to the surface where they damage landfill liners and attract rodents HOW SCRAP TIRES BECOME RUBBER MULCH 1 Tire are gathered from landfills and drop off centers and taken to a processing facility. Sidewalls are cut out to remove metal and other debris from the rubber. Ground up tire pieces are heated and treated with softening agents to make them soft and pliable. This process is called vulcanization. 14 The pieces are cooled and painted. The pieces are passed under a powerful magnet to remove any remaining metal while a vacuum sucks out any lingering polyester so that all you're left with is clean, soft rubber! Rubber mulch is packaged up and sent back out into the marketplace! OTHER ITEMS RECYCLED TIRES CAN BECOME SOIL ADDITIVES PLAYGROUND COVER SYNTHETIC TURF FLOOR MATS FOR GYMS STALL MATS FOR HORSES RUNNING TRACKS BALLISTIC BACKDROPS FOR SHOOTING RANGES BENEFITS OF RUBBER MULCH • LESS TIRES IN LANDFILLS. Old tires are given new life instead of taking up valuable space at the dump! DOES NOT BLOW OR FLOAT AWAY! Since rubber mulch is heavier than wood mulch, it is less likely to blow or float away in severe weather. LASTS LONGER THAN WOOD MULCH. Because it does not break down or fade, rubber mulch has a much • longer lifespan than wood mulch. Rubber mulch won't decompose like wood mulch and should hold its color for more than ten years! MAKES PLAYGROUNDS SAFER! Rubber mulch has twice the fall height rating of wood mulch and will not • compact over time. What this means in real world terms is that a child that falls from the monkey bars will have a much softer place to land! SIMILAR IN COST TO WOOD MULCH. While the upfront cost of rubber mulch is higher than that of wood mulch, its considerably longer lifespan makes it a cost effective option! EASY ON HORSES' KNEES. When used as stall and arena flooring, the softness of rubber mulch helps to reduce the wear and tear on horses' bodies. STATS ABOUT RUBBER MULCH IN THE U.S. 80=1 CUBIC YARD 16FT IT TAKES 80 SCRAP TIRES TO A SIX-INCH LAYER OF RUBBER MAKE ONE CUBIC YARD OF MULCH CAN CUSHION A CHILD'S RUBBER MULCH! FALL FROM AS HIGH AS 16 FEET. FOR MORE RECYCLING TIPS AND INFO, VISIT PERFECTRUBBERMULCH.COM/BLOG PERFECT RUBBER MULCH CONTRIBUTING TO A GREENER ENVIRONMENT ONE TIRE AT A TIME SOURCES

The Life of a Recycled Tire

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Infographic that shows us how a Tire can be recycled into Rubber Mulch, their different uses and the great benefits to the world. Thanks for viewing!


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