USA: Scrap tire derived fuel market 2013 consumed 56 percent of generated tires

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Washington, DC — In 2013, end-use markets consumed 95.9 percent by weight of the scrap tires generated in the U.S., according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The total volume of scrap tires consumed in end use markets in the U.S. reached approximately 3666 thousand tons of tires. RMA estimates that about 3824 thousand tons of tires were generated in the U.S. in 2013.

It should be noted that since 2011 the percentage of scrap tires consumed by markets increased 12.9 percent, while the volume of tires utilized increased by about 418,000 tons. Key findings show a dramatic reduction in scrap tire stockpiles from one billion stockpiled tires in 1990 to 75 million stockpiled tires in 2013. Positive end-use market results in 2013 were primarily the result of higher rates of tire derived fuel (TDF) use and lower scrap tire generation.

TDF accounted for about 56 percent of the total scrap tires generated, ground rubber applications for about 25 percent of the volume of scrap tires generated.

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Source: Rubber Manufacturers Association