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Recycling of Waste Tires in Asphalt Paving Construction
Author(s):
Takallou, Ph.D., P.E., H. Barry, TAK Consulting Engineers, Inc.  
Origin:
New Jersey  
Date:
August, 1995  
Categories:
Recyclability  
Key Words:

Summary:
Each year approximately 9 – 10 million waste tires are generated in New Jersey.  Historically, 85% - 90% of these waste
tires were going to a combination of landfills, stockpiles and illegal dumping.  While no data is available on a breakout of
the percentages going to landfills as opposed to stockpiles and illegal dumping, the waste tire flow has, over the years,
resulted in between 30 to 50 million waste tires stored in above ground locations.  This historic lack of a waste tire
management program crated a series of problems: 1) Loss of scarce landfill space; 2) Health concerns: stockpiled tires
provide a shelter and habitat for vermin and insects; and, 3) Stockpiles are fire hazards.
Nationally, over 242 million passenger and truck tires are discarded annually in the U.S.  Additionally, approximately 32
million tires are retreaded and are estimated 10 million are reused each year.  It is estimated that 7% of the discarded
tires are currently being recycled into new products, 11% are converted to energy, and nearly 78% are being landfilled,
stockpiled, or illegally dumped, with the remainder being exported.  Figure 1.1 illustrates the estimated destination for
waste tire the U.S.
Regionally the seven states in the Northeast Waste Management Official’s Association (NEWMOA), Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont contribute over 23 million waste tires every
year.  The State of New Jersey almost contributes half of the total annual regional waste tires generation.
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