There are numerous benefits of making products from used tires, so they won't end up in landfills or incinerated to produce energy, which are often what they are used for when not recycled, and these are not good at all for the environment or anything living nearby.
Used tires that are stored improperly outdoors and subjected to sunlight have heen documented to generate enough heat at times to spontaneously combust and burst into flames. When tires burn, they produce hazardous smoke than cannot be contained, and can be toxic. When tire rubber is chopped up and painted, testing has shown that is considered inflammable for playground and other applications.
When placed within landfills, many of which are constantly churned to circulate everything with the goal of expediting the breakdown of everything organically, tire rubber can migrate low enough to enter a water table. This is especially true for areas where there is a high possibility of soil moisture absorption and retention cause water levels to rise and fall with environmental conditions. Tire rubber isn't meant to be within water for extended periods of time, and there are so many other uses.
Making rubber mulch from used tires is perhaps the best use that is considered the most environmentally responsible and "green" ecological solution, and it is not likely the need for tires is going away anytime in the foreseeable future (even with electric vehicles!). An interesting fact is Lego is the number one manufacturer of tires, making about 320 million of their tiny tires every year, which is 50% more than the largest manufacturer of vehicle tires in the world, yet they don't really count for what we are talking about.
Statistically, there are about 250 million tires replaced each year in USA, many of which could be potentially repaired instead of replacement, and a lot of this is due to drivers not knowing how to properly maintain them. Making sure tire pressure is correct, balancing & rotating them regularly, helps to increase a vehicle's mileage, extends the life of tires, yet roughly 80% of people end up wasting money on tires. The data from drivers in the US is somewhat alarming, because only 44% of drivers know how to measure tire tread depth, nearly 1/3 don't even know how to check their tire pressure, so it's no surprise that less than 20% keep them properly inflated. This can lead to blowouts and accidents due to reduced handling, which amounted to over 600 vehicle deaths in 2019, according to the NHTSA. Within the US, there are 220 million tire punctures or flat tires per year, which amounts to 7 flat tires each and every second! When it comes to changing a flat tire, just slightly over 42% of US drivers are sure about how to do it safely and properly, 17% are somewhat confident, and nearly 22% are completely baffled and unable to do it. All of this adds up to way more used tires than really need to be discarded in the US every year.
Until and unless something better is discovered to function for vehicle tires, or flying cars become a reality for everyone, used waste tires are going to be something we all have to deal with, and doing so in an environmentally and ecologically responsible manner is mandatory. When they are recycled to produce products that provide superior functional benefits, it is a win-win situation for the environment, its inhabitants, and the entire planet. Do your part by choosing US Rubber Mulch for your next project, whether it's playground fall safety surfacing, mulch for landscaping, equestrian arena safety, military training facilities, or synthetic turf sports fields. We look forward to working with you, by offering you a "green" and environmentally safe solution as an alternative to whatever else you may be considering.