The Truth About Recycled Rubber
Recycled rubber plays a vital yet largely unseen role in in our lives. We interact with it on a daily basis and it enables us to do many of the things we love the most.
History of Recycled Rubber
Rubber has been recycled for about a century, but the market has greatly expanded in the past two decades due to an increased demand for scrap tires in a wide range of settings, including in hospitals, agriculture, sports, playgrounds, infrastructure, and even household items.
Much of this rubber comes from end-of-life or unwanted old tires that are no longer functional due to wear or damage, and can no longer be re-treated or re-grooved. These tires were often found dumped in bodies of water, in abandoned lots, and along roadsides, but today are recycled at a 90 percent rate.
Thanks to innovations in manufacturing, recycled rubber is now used to make new tires, playground surfaces, equestrian mats, and rubberized asphalt—among other products, and today U.S. scrap rubber manufacturers recycle 110 million recycled tires annually, or one tire for every three people in the U.S.