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Tired of tires

New firms adding new chance for growth

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate approximately 290 million scrap tires annual. Historically, these scrap tires took up space in landfills or provided breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents when stockpiled or illegally dumped.
However, that is now turning around. Markets now exist for over 80 percent of those scrap tires – up from 17 percent in 1990. These markets – both recycling and other beneficial uses – continue to grow. The remaining scrap tires are still stockpiled or dumped in landfills, however.
In 2003, the EPA reports markets for scrap tires were consuming 233 million of them:
• 130 million (44 ...


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