Environmental Economics

Tires: Decreasing Solid Wastes and Manufacturing Throughput; Markets, Profits and Resource Recovery

This report studies the economic and social costs and benefits of a passenger car tire design service life of 100,000 miles (160,900 kilometers), retreading and four resource recovery methods for solid waste tires: 1) cryogenics with recovered rubber use, mixed with asphalt, in repairing roads, (2) incineration of whole tires; (3) pyrolysis; and (4) landfill. Symbolic models of tire costs and benefits are presented along with a computer program for their calculation. A shift in new tire design service life is recommended, along with increased retreading and with solid waste tire processing by cryogenics for use as tire asphalt rubber in repairing roads. Three methods of producing 100,000 mile tires are proposed; one, the TTW 100,00 mile tire, is discussed in some detail.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    Environmental Media:
    c. Land
    c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
    Authors:
    Westerman, Robert R.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0244
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    California State University Sacramento, School of Business and Public Adminstration,
    Department of Management
    Address:
    City: Sacramento State: CA ZIP: 95819
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    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency,
    Office of Research and Development, Municipal Environmental Research Laboratory
    Address:
    City: Cincinnati State: OH ZIP: 45268
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    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    07/01/1978
    Number of Pages:
    163
    Comment:
    EPA #:
    Grant/Contract #:
    EPA-600/5-78-009
    68-03-2401
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