There were 263 million tires scrapped in 2009 (latest available data) which amounts to more than 4.7 million tons of waste. Fortunately, 84% of that waste was recycled. Most of the recycled tires were used to make fuel for industries such as pulp and paper mills, cement kilns, and electric utilities. Ground rubber, which is used for sports surfacing, asphalt, playgrounds, and other molded products, is the second largest use of recycled tires.

U.S. Scrap Tire Uses, 2009
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U.S. Scrap Tire Uses, 2009
MarketTons (Thousands)
Tire-derived Fuel2,084.8
Ground Rubber1,354.2
Civil Engineering284.9
Reclamation Projects130.0
Exported102.1
Baled Tires/Marketable27.8
Other Uses36.1
Total Recycled4,019.9
Baled Tires/No-market15.6
Not Properly Disposed162.0
Land Disposed594.0
Total Not Recycled771.6
Total Scrap Tires4,791.5
Note: Other Uses include electric arc furnace, agricultural, and punched/stamped.
Source: Rubber Manufacturers Association.

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