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Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Posted on May 02, 2016

Recycled Tire

Let’s talk about tires. This is one material that is hard to get rid of. Many recycling centers won’t accept tires and many landfills won’t take them either. Let’s start with discussing some facts about tires before we get into the nitty gritty.

Tires are an essential part of our world. Tires get things and people from place to place. Without tires, the world would be a pretty stationary place. Here are a few interesting tire facts to get your mind going.

  • Each year, approximately 1 billion tires are produced throughout the world in over 450 factories. In the next few years that number is expected to reach 1.7 billion.

  • Around 200 different raw materials are used to make a new tire.

  • The 100 tire companies in the U.S. make around $15 billion a year

  • The four largest tire companies make more than 75% of the revenue

  • Passenger car tires generally need to be replaced every 50,000 miles. With the average American driving around 12,000 miles a year, a lot of old tires are produced.

  • Each year over 290 million tires are discarded in the U.S alone and disposing of old tires can be a challenge for a lot of reasons.

We’ll talk more about the challenges in our next blog! Stay tuned!

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