Recycled Rubber is rubber that has been derived from
scrap materials such as used tires.
Recycled rubber gives us innovative
ways to reduce waste. It creates safer playground and athletic surfaces, reducing the chance of injuries. It produces floors
and mats with lower impact for workers on their feet all day. In agriculture it is used for vegetation protectors and windbreaks,
livestock mats, bumpers and feeders. Recycled rubber can be used as landscaping mulch or in asphalt highways. It can be molded
into products such as railroad crossings, curbing, flower pots, garden hoses, tree rings or benches.
Tires, designed to be virtually indestructible under a variety of conditions, have historically
been difficult to dispose of or recycle. In most cases old, worn tires
were replaced and dumped illegally in nature, often in potentially sensitive habitats. Others were discarded in landfills.
With today's modern rubber recycling techniques, tire recycling is an economically sound, environmentally friendly
activity that can contribute to the reduction of a product’s overall carbon footprint by anywhere from 4% to 20% when
compared to virgin materials. Of the millions of tires formerly dumped
illegally and landfilled, more than 90% are being recycled and reused annually.
impressive amounts of energy which ultimately reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling four tires reduces carbon
dioxide by about 323 pounds which is equivalent to 18 gallons of gasoline. When used in molded products recycled rubber can
reduce the carbon footprint by a factor of 20 when compared to virgin plastic resins.
source: Recycled Rubber Council