Florida Company Recycles 100% Waste Tires

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Florida Tire Recycling Inc. (FTR), recently unveiled its “Closed-Loop Product Lifecycle Solution” program, which recycles, reuses and reclaims 100 percent of discarded waste tires. According to FTR, tires are “one of America’s greatest sustainable resources and the third most used raw material in U.S. manufacturing.”

FTR’s process takes waste materials like tires or rubber mats, by-products or finished product scrap and recycles them back into useable crumb and powder rubber raw materials. Generating zero landfill waste in the process, these reclaimed materials can then be reused in the manufacturing of new products.

rubber mulch made from recycled tires

According to FTR, their closed-loop system creates zero waste from the tire recycling process. Rubber Mulch image courtesy of jocelyndale.

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“Recycled rubber can be used in everything from mulch and athletic fields to paints and adhesives, from mats and shoes to roofing and plastics and, of course, new tires,” states Anthony Cialone, COO of FTR. “If U.S. industries made a serious commitment to using recycled rubber, we would utilize at least 50 percent of all discarded tires and create almost 10,000 new jobs and over $1 billion in new capital investment. Our Closed-Loop Product Lifecycle Solution is a first step toward that goal. We are able to not only help manufacturers achieve their environmental goals, but also help them deliver products to consumers that are made from renewable materials.”

According to FTR, their process results in savings for partnering businesses, since manufacturers do not have to pay for scrap to be taken away by a waste hauler for disposal. They can also reduce their use of expensive virgin and synthetic rubber and polymers by utilizing less-expensive recycled materials.

FTR processes over six million waste tires (equivalent to almost one out of every three waste tires generated in Florida annually). The company says that the recycled crumb makes “no compromise to the quality or performance of the product.”

Feature image courtesy of Oriolus

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