Recycler highlights benefits of scrap tires at building industry expo

Jan. 1, 2020
Liberty Tire Recycling is underscoring the many applications of recycled rubber that produce eco- friendly products as it exhibits at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
Liberty Tire Recycling is underscoring the many applications of recycled rubber that produce eco- friendly products as it exhibits at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

Running through Oct 7, the event is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Ontario, Canada.

CEO Jeffrey Kendall says “we are on the cutting edge of developing processes and products that give the marketplace sustainable alternatives, all derived from recycled rubber.”

He points out that “the latest example came earlier this month: We became the first and only company to achieve Greenguard Synthetic Turf Components Certification from the Greenguard Environmental Institute for our synthetic turf infill product. It is definitive proof that our customers are receiving a product that meets stringent requirements from an unbiased, third-party certification organization.”

At Liberty’s booth, show attendees can learn more about how crumb rubber from recycled tires is being transformed into stadium turf infill and rubber mulch for playgrounds and landscaping.

The company’s Pinnacle Rubber Mulch offers parks and recreation officials an attractive, durable alternative to traditional wood mulch that can save money over time, according to Kendall.

 

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Compared with the expense of annually applying wood mulch, the up-front purchase of rubber mulch costs up to 65 percent less over a five-year period, he says.

Rubber mulch is also non-allergenic; non-toxic; and harmless to plants, pets and children. In addition, it is safer than wood mulch, he says. As a playground safety surface, a six-inch layer of the material will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet, providing up to 50 percent more fall-height protection than wood mulch using half of the material.

“Crumb rubber also offers value to state transportation departments faced with the overwhelming task of maintaining the nation's roads and making them safer,” Kendall adds.

“When used as an additive to a traditional asphalt mix, crumb rubber creates rubberized asphalt,” he says. “It’s a high-performance alternative to traditional paving material because rubberized asphalt resists cracking and rutting, improves skid resistance, and makes for a quieter ride. It also lowers road maintenance costs.”

The company recycles more than 130 million tires annually, reclaiming about 1.5 billion pounds of rubber.

For more information, visit www.libertytire.com.

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