Hertz in US tyre recycling initiative
In the USA, rental car company Hertz has announced a new initiative, in partnership with Liberty Tyre Recycling, that will recycle up to 160,000 tyres annually. This is part of Hertz's promise to implement a zero-landfill policy for the tyres the company uses each year.
According to Hertz, most of the tyres the company and Liberty Tyre Recycling will reprocess go towards several different uses. Many will end up shredded and converted into rubber mulch, which is ideal for public spaces because it is non-allergenic, will not wash away during rain, has no effect on plants, pets or children, and finally, resists insect, mould or fungi infestation. It lasts longer than wood mulch, does a better job of sealing in ground moisture and also reduces the amount of trees needed to create mulch.
Other uses for Hertz’s old tyres include playground and public park surfaces, composite railroad ties and rubberized asphalt. The latter, a longer lasting and quieter option for roads and highways than conventional asphalt, shows how crucial it is that all used and worn out tyres are recycled: it takes 8,000 tyres for each mile of rubber asphalt road.
For Hertz, this new tyre recycling program is another cog in the company’s sustainability efforts. The company claims 80 per cent of the car wash water the company consumes is recycled; it recycled 645,000 gallons of used motor oil in 2010; and produces 2.7 million kilowatt hours of energy a year.