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Scrap Tire Workgroup

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Background

The Scrap Tire Workgroup created five committees to work on various issues related to scrap tire management and markets. These committees consisted of representatives from various state environmental agencies, industry, EPA, and academia with expertise in scrap tire management, market development, and application technologies.

The five committees of the Scrap Tire Workgroup have developed action plans in order to support the overall goals of the workgroup.

RCC Scrap Tire Workgroup Action Plan (PDF) (19 pp, 120K, about PDF) – Updated 10/4/07

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Workgroup Goals

Uses for Scrap Tires Explored in the Action Plans
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Tire-Derived Aggregate in Civil Engineering Applications

Goal #1: Divert 85% of newly generated scrap tires to reuse, recycling or energy recovery by 2008 (vs. 70% in 2003).
Finding strong and diverse markets for scrap tires is the best strategy for diverting scrap tires from tire piles and landfills. Due to the large number of scrap tires generated every year (approx. 290 million), a major disruption in the markets will cause a significant increase in tire piles and an increase in the number of tires that are disposed in landfills. The more diverse the markets are, the better able they are to accommodate potential fluctuations.

The committees’ efforts directed towards this goal focus on:

Goal #2: Reduce by 55% the number of tires in existing (270 million in 2003) stockpiles by 2008.
Success in achieving this goal is dependent on cooperation between states and current Workgroup contributors.

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Contributors to the Workgroup

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Federal Agencies

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