PITTSBURGH—Liberty Tire Recycling has signed an agreement with Hertz Corp. to recover and recycle scrap tires from all Hertz car rental locations in the U.S.
This is the first national agreement of its kind between a tire recycling firm and a vehicle rental company, though Liberty Tire already has recycling pacts with other car rental companies on a regional bases, according to Liberty Tire CEO Jeffrey Kendall.
The contract with Hertz represents the collection and recycling of more than 160,000 tires annually,Kendallsaid.
As a corporation, Hertz has shown its consistent dedication to sustainable business practices, according toKendall. "With our continental footprint, we are the only company that can offer the services they are seeking, so we are delighted to partner with them," he said.
Liberty Tire is always working to develop relationships with potential national partners, in the car rental field and elsewhere, according toKendall. "While we cannot share details on who we are working with, we would like to leverage the opportunities that the rental car industry provides toLiberty," he said.
Liberty Tire is the largest scrap tire collection and recycling company inNorth America, reclaiming more than 140 million tires annually at more than 40 processing locations. It produces the entire spectrum of recycled rubber products, including rubber for rubberized asphalt, rubber mulch for playgrounds and crumb rubber infill for athletic fields.
Among its recent projects, Liberty Tire partnered withUnionHigh SchoolinUnion,Mo., to install more than 80,000 pounds of Liberty Tire crumb rubber infill for the school's new athletic field. It also began a two-year research program with theUniversityofTennessee's Center for Athletic Field Safety for a series of studies on the potential benefits of crumb rubber in maintaining a natural grass athletic surface.