WASHINGTON (March 18, 2016) — The Institute of Scrap Rubber Industries (ISRI) has launched a website that highlights the various uses of recycled rubber.
The website is, according to ISRI, designed to serve as a visual and educational resource on the vital yet largely unseen benefits, both environmental and economic, that recycled rubber provides to society.
“America drives, works and plays on recycled rubber,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “It is all around us and has been enhancing everyday life for hundreds of years.”
Among the facts included on the website are:
- Recycling four tires reduces carbon dioxide emissions by about 323 pounds — equivalent to 18 gallons of gasoline.
- U.S. scrap rubber manufacturers recycle 110 million tires annually — or one tire for every three people in the U.S.
- Using recycled rubber in molded products, compared with using virgin plastic resins, reduces the carbon footprint of those products by a factor of up to 20 times.
- Rubber recycling generates more than $1.6 billion in economic activity annually in the U.S., and accounts for nearly 8,000 jobs, both direct and indirect.