WASHINGTON — Scrap tire management in the U.S. is one of the great environmental success stories, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (UTSMA) declared in releasing the 2017 U.S. Scrap Tire Report.
As of 2017, more than 81 percent of scrap tires in the U.S. find a useful end-life in products such as tire-derived fuel (TDF), rubber-modified asphalt and other products, according to the USTMA report released July 18.
This contrasts with 1991, the year the USTMA — then called the Rubber Manufacturers Association — began its efforts in scrap tire management. At that time, one scrap tire in 10 was reused effectively, the association said.
Also, the number of stockpiled scrap tires in the U.S. has been reduced by 94 percent since 1991, to about 60 million from more than 1 billion, the trade group said.
"Scrap tire management in the U.S. demonstrates an environmental success story — one that not enough people know about," USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said upon the release of the new report.