Target: Charlie Cannon, President and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers of America
Goal: Urge rubber associations to advocate for used tire recycling so tires don’t end up in landfills
Just a couple decades ago, there were over two billion used tires scattered across landfills in America. With the help of rubber associations across the country who have pushed rubber recycling programs forward, approximately 90% of those tires are now gone.
Rubber from used tires can be ground and recycled into roadways, playground equipment, and floor mats in automobiles. Passenger car tires account for a vast majority of scrap rubber waste in America. Fortunately, around 80% of scrap tires are being recycled today. Minnesota was the first state to pass a scrap tire law in 1985, and almost every state implemented similar laws by 1990.
Several organizations have been advocating for and facilitating tire recycling programs, including the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Rubber Pavements Association, and the Tire Industry Association. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is a leading advocate for the proper handling and disposal of scrap tires. According to the RMA, “slightly more than 100 million tires remain in stockpiles and approximately 85 percent of scrap tires are used in new applications such as industrial fuel, road construction, and playground and athletic field construction each year.”
Recycled rubber has many uses, however, more work must be done in the industry to fund in-state tire processing facilities and civil engineering project plans. Most of the collected tires become tire-derived fuel, which isn’t their best use. Sign the below petition to urge RMA and other sustainable rubber associations to be environmental advocates and facilitate the recycling of used tire waste.
Dear Mr. Cannon,
Tire recycling programs in America are one of the few, rare environmental success stories. Large numbers of tires in landfills can catch fire, create air pollution from smoke, and turn into breeding grounds for insect and rats. Thanks to rubber associations that keep environmental sustainability in mind, approximately 90% of tire waste in America has been recycled, reused, and re-purposed.
I am urging you to continue working with landfills and local recycling companies across the country to ensure that tire waste never become a serious environmental concern again. Please promote your Recycled Rubber Products Catalog, which builds demand for the finished products with recycled material content. Fortunately, there is a large market for recycled rubber materials, which is both economically and environmentally sound. With your continued guidance and support, we can help make America’s landfills a little less toxic.
[Your Name Here]
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