By Oliver Hall
Twenty ago the US had more than one billion scrap tyres stockpiled – today the figure has been slashed to 100 million.
Scrap tyres management underwent a radical turnaround and in 1990 the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) created the Scrap Tyre Management Council (STMC) which was aimed at developing end use markets for scrap tyres and reducing the stockpile.
Back then only 11 per cent of the annually generated scrap tires were sent to an end use market and only one viable market for scrap tyres only one viable market for scrap tires existed in 1990.
However, today several markets exist that consume nearly 85 percent of annually generated scrap tyres. These markets have made scrap tyres into a valuable commodity and have improved the environment.
Although the functions of the STMC were later absorbed by RMA, the mission, commitment and effort did not change.
Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO, said: “RMA and its tyre manufacturer members recognised a serious environmental issue and invested significant resources, time and effort to make positive changes.
“At a time when many things could have gone terribly wrong for the industry, tyre manufacturers stepped up and did the right thing at the right time. Having achieved major success over the past two decades, RMA and our members have not relented and continue to work with a broad spectrum of scrap tyre industry stakeholders and regulators to ensure that these successes are not reversed.”