With hundreds of millions of vehicles in the US, scrap tires are a major source of waste. The Environmental Protection Agency reports 290 million scrap tires were generated in 2003, 45 million of these scrap tires were used to make automotive and truck tire re-treads.
With landfills minimizing their acceptance of whole tires and the health and environmental risks of stockpiling tires, many new markets have been created for scrap tires. Growing markets exist for a majority of scrap tires produced every year, being supported by State and Local Government.
Tires are also often recycled for use on basketball courts and new shoe products. The United States has decreased the number of waste tires in storage from 700-800 million in 1994, down to 275 million tires in 2004 primarily due to state scrap management programs.
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