An industry that uses and disposes rubber tires at an alarming rate, is the mining industry. With over 12,000 open-pit mines globally, the number of environmentally damaging tires disposed of each year is staggering.
One (1) giant rubber Off-The-Road (OTR) mining tire weighing 13,000 lbs contains 500 gallons of renewable blend oil, 4,000 lbs of carbon black, 2,000 lbs of steel, and over 3 million cu. ft. of synthetic gas (Titan International, June 2014). At the end of its useful life, the tire is disposed of on-site, repurposed or buried because recycling is often too expensive.