WASHINGTON (July 22)—About 80 percent of the 290 million tires discarded in 2003 were recycled, and scrap tire stockpiles have been reduced by nearly 75 percent since 1990, according to a new report.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association said the use of tire shreds in civil engineering jumped 41 percent since 2001. Annually, 56.4 million used tires are used in such projects.
Ground rubber reuse remains one of the largest markets for scrap tires, the RMA said. More than 28 million tires were recycled in that manner in 2003.