South Carolina is #1 in tire exports. Along with that, SC has a robust tire recycling industry to handle the estimated 4.4 million tires that are generated in South Carolina annually. Many uses exist for scrap tire rubber. Scrap tire rubber comes from three types of tires: passenger car tires, truck tires, and off-the-road tires.

Overall, a typical scrap tire contains (by weight):

  • [Source: Scrap Tire News]70% recoverable rubber
  • 15% steel
  • 3% fiber
  • 12% extraneous material (e.g. inert fillers)

In South Carolina, tire-derived fuel, civil engineering uses and ground rubber applications are the primary markets for scrap tires. Examples of some of these applications include:

  • Landscape mulch and surfacing for trails and walkways
  • Landfill construction and alternative daily cover
  • Playground, sports and other safety surfaces
  • Crumb rubber (ground rubber from tires that can go into various applications)