CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 29, 2013) — Pathway Polymers Inc. recently published a white paper on "sustainability in the tire industry," dealing in part with improperly disposed scrap tires.
The report—"Sustainability in the Tire Industry: Sustainable Development Through Tire Flatproofing Technology"—covers the problem of improper scrap tire disposal, its effects. and the solution offered by Pathway Polymers through its patented AutoFil Recycler System, according to the Chattanooga-based company. The topic "draws a lot of public attention," Pathway Polymers said, noting its white paper includes research, statistics and analysis. It also can serve as a sales tool "because tire manufacturers, distributors and retailers are always looking to increase their sustainable development," the company added.
Pathway Polymers claims that since 2005 its technology "has prevented approximately 80 million pounds, or the equivalent of 3.9 million tires, from being dumped into landfills."
Putting that number into perspective, the company said 3.9 million tires is the equivalent of approximately 60 Olympic-size swimming pools. Since oil is a main element of tires, Pathway Polymers said its dealers and processors—by using its AutoFil Recycler System—"have been able to reduce the use of non-renewable petroleum distillates by over 125,000 barrels."