The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association’s (USTMA) and Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation’s 2024 Tire Recycling Conference will bring together industry leaders, federal and state officials, and hundreds of stakeholders across the recycling value chain with a mission to accelerate growth in sustainable, circular tire recycling markets in the U.S. The conference will be held May 14-17, 2024, at the Marriot Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Sustaining one of the highest recycling and reclaiming rates in the country, tires outperform metal, glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper recycling. This year’s conference will spotlight ways to improve that performance and examine emerging trends in the circular economy. Opportunities to grow both existing and rising tire recycling markets – including rubber modified asphalt, micronized rubber powder, tire-derived fuel, civil engineering markets and emerging markets like pyrolysis and devulcanization – will be a central focus.
“End-of-life tire trends have been rapidly evolving, driven by a recognition of the environmental impact and economic potential of this material,” said John Sheerin, Director of End-of-Life Tire Programs for USTMA. “We’re excited to be convening thought leaders to analyze recycling and repurposing initiatives that have gained significant momentum, with several innovative methods emerging to advance more effective management and market development for end-of-life tires.”
The Scrap Tire Work Group, a state-run working group comprised of tire recyclers and representatives from government, trade, and academia will contribute its expertise and policy analysis to the conference, discussing current progress of end-of-life tire markets and programs in the U.S.
“Governments and organizations are recognizing the importance of growing end-of-life tire markets through comprehensive tire recycling programs,” said USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke “The 2024 conference will be a catalyst for diverse stakeholders to work together to advance avenues for infrastructure development, economic growth and job creation in this sector.”