WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today launched a new website, RecycledRubberFacts.org, highlighting the various benefits of recycled rubber. The website will serve as a visual and educational resource on the vital yet largely unseen role recycled rubber plays in our lives, providing society with environmental and economic benefits.
“America drives, works, and plays on recycled rubber. It is all around us and has been enhancing everyday life for hundreds of years,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The many benefits of recycled rubber, however, are often overlooked. RecycledRubberFacts.org will help educate people on these benefits and allow for informed conversations.”
Key facts of note include the following:
- Recycling just four tires reduces CO2 by about 323 pounds, which is equivalent to 18 gallons of gasoline.
- U.S. scrap rubber manufacturers recycle 110 million tires annually – or one tire for every three people in the U.S.
- Tires that otherwise may have gone to landfills are recycled into shock-absorbing playground surfaces, lower-impact hospital floors, higher yield vegetation mats for farming, and more.
- Using recycled rubber in molded products creates a substantially smaller (by a factor of up to 20 times) carbon footprint as compared to using virgin plastic resins.
- The rubber recycling industry generates more than $1.6 billion in economic activity across the U.S. and accounts for nearly 8,000 jobs (direct and indirect).