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USTMA finds recycling of end-of-life tires stalled

  10/16/2020 - Washington, D.C. - While tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires, a new report released by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reveals. The 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report, USTMA’s 14th, reveals that almost 76 percent of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber modified asphalt, the manufacturing of automotive products and mulch for landscaping and other products, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96 percent in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked. “Three decades after we successfully eliminated 94 percent of the over 1 billion scrap tires stockpiled around the country, this report reveals that efforts to find and develop new uses for scrap tires have stalled,” said Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of USTMA. “We must take immediate steps to grow new and existing markets to recycle 100 percent of scrap tires. This not only protects our health and the environment, it drives innovation and jobs.” While the number of scrap tires generated each year grew by almost 7 percent, the total number of scrap tires recycled or reclaimed has not significantly changed since 2017. The report found that 56 million scrap tires remain in stockpiles, mostly in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia and Washington, half of which, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia, do not have active stockpile cleanup programs. USTMA and its members work closely with state regulators, recyclers and other stakeholders to manage scrap tires and develop recycle and reuse markets. Michelin, Bridgestone and Continental use recycled carbon black (rCB) to produce new tires. Michelin also partnered with Scandanavian Enviro Systems to increase end-of-life tire recycling using a pyrolysis process which converts scrap tires to new raw materials. Bridgestone joined with Delta-Energy Group to bring at-scale use of rCB to the tire market, and Continental works with Pyrolyx to help tire manufacturers scale up the production of rCB from scrap tires for use in products ranging from mobile phones to ink pens. USTMA urges state regulators and federal law makers, as well as recyclers, industry and environmental groups, and academic partners, to do more to advance a circular economy. Specifically: States must resist the urge to shift scrap tire funds away from their intended purpose: to grow scrap tire reuse and recycle markets, clean up piles and enforce state laws. USTMA supports reasonable fees on the sale of new tires to manage state programs, like those collected in 35 states. New public and private sector investments are needed to create innovation challenges, research the lifecycle impacts of scrap tires in different end use markets, and create a national portal for states to share data. State and federal policies should encourage the growth of reuse and recycle markets, including investments in sustainable infrastructure like rubber-modified asphalt and storm water infiltration galleries, changes in state transportation specifications to allow the use of rubber modified asphalt, and consideration of scrap tires in climate policies. USTMA’s 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report can be found on USTMA’s new sustainability information hub that highlights the tire industry’s progress and commitment to sustainability, including tire safety and environmental stewardship and the industry’s economic impact.

Friday, October 23, 2020

HF Mixing Group aligns top management structure - click to expand

Goodyear to announce third quarter results - click to expand

ARP Materials aids in transition from lead-based to environmentally preferred Chemlok products - click to expand

ARDL adds equipment to expand thermal conductivity capabilities - click to expand

Book of the Day - Rubber Extrusion Technology Short Course Notes - click to expand

International Elastomer Conference closes today; virtual access available through January 20, 2021 - click to expand

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Brazilian automotive tire market projected to reach $2.05 billion by 2027 - click to expand

Tire demand in Asia to reach $97.4 billion in 2020 - click to expand

Arlanxeo to sell olefins business to Mitsubishi. - click to expand

International Elastomer Conference continues today; Technical Meeting and Educational Symposium proceed - click to expand

ARDL enhances viscoelastic and fatigue analysis capabilities - click to expand

Magna Tyres launches portal for EU market - click to expand

KnowHow Webinars offers membership opportunities - click to expand

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

LabsCubed opens production facility in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada - click to expand

Henkel and Carbon combine materials and printing expertise for high performance additive manufacturing - click to expand

ACE Products & Consulting appoints international marketing partner - click to expand

TA Instruments introduces high performance rheometers - click to expand

ARDL adds equipment to expand thermal conductivity capabilities - click to expand

MonTech offers optional low viscosity and ultra low viscosity torque transducers - click to expand

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

MonTech’s MCool -40°C chiller option increases range for low temperature RPA testing - click to expand

Department of Commerce delays publication of results of anti-dumping investigation into light tires from Korean, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan - click to expand

IMCD U.S. opens headquarters in greater Cleveland area - click to expand

International Elastomer Conference continues today; Get Involved session held - click to expand

Yokohama Rubber unifies off-highway tire operations under global entity - click to expand

TA Instruments introduces multi-sample Discovery X3 differential scanning calorimeter - click to expand

ARDL expands rubber testing capabilities to include SAE J1402 - click to expand

Davis-Standard presents free webinar on Evolution and Advancements in Technology - click to expand

Monday, October 19, 2020

Desma extends digital exhibition XpertForum until October 30 - click to expand

Solvay inaugurates second bio-based solvent plant in Brazil - click to expand

Nokian's Tennessee tire factory earns LEED v4 Silver certification - click to expand

Nexen updates winter tire line for Europe - click to expand

Tyrata begins IntelliTread Drive-Over System shipments to Japan - click to expand

Global silicones market will grow by $5.46 billion through 2024 - click to expand

Market Reports

Tire demand in Asia to reach $97.4 billion in 2020 - click to expand

Brazil automotive tire market is projected to reach $2.05 billion by 2027 - click to expand

Global Silicones Market will grow by$5.46 billion through 2024 - click to expand

Global polymer emulsion market forecast to reach $38.1 billion by 2025 - click to expand

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