Think Green Thursdays: Facts About Recycling Rubber

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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(Photo: Russell Tate/ Getty Images)

(Photo: Russell Tate/ Getty Images)

We all know that recycling ensures our well being and a clearer and more vibrant earth for us as well as generations to come.

When it comes to recycling rubber, there are certain facts that you should know:

1. Did you know that recycled rubber can be used at levels as high as 50 % in manufacturing new tires?

2. Tires have been recycled for more than a quarter of a century in the United States.

3. When you choose to recycle rubber, you are choosing to keep tires and other rubber products out of landfills; the recycled rubber can be used in many products, including new tires.

4. While natural rubber is made from the latex of the rubber tree, synthetic rubber is produced from petroleum products. As a result of synthetic rubber being made, it comprises about 60 percent of rubber worldwide.

5. According to reports, there are approximately 275 million scrap tires in stockpiles in the U.S.

6. Scrap tires can harm our environment in three ways: 1) Scrap tires are extremely difficult to extinguish, thus making them a fire hazard. 2) They trap rain water and during the summer months when mosquitoes, they can breed those pesky rodents that can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus. 3) They are very bulky and indestructible.

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