For Phase I Patriot purchased tire shredding equipment and upgraded the facility to allow their production to increase the two-shift total from 350,000 tires per year to 1,000,000 tires a year. For Phase II Patriot added additional equipment to their tire processing line to produce crumb rubber. Patriot is currently the largest tire recycling facility in Tennessee.
Scrap Tires Diverted from Landfills - 26,000 tons or 2.1 million tires and increasing daily
Rockwood Construction Recycling, LLC was awarded funds to purchase tire shredding equipment for the purpose of supplying tire shreds to the City of Lebanon Waste to Energy Initiative project. Problems developed with the metal in the tires and the tire shreds were discontinued as a fuel source at the gasification facility. Rockwood developed other end uses for the tire shreds such as tire derived aggregate (TDA), which has been approved by the TDEC Division of Water Resources for use as backfill in subsurface sewage disposal system field lines.
Scrap Tires Diverted from Landfills - 1,449 tons or 115,664 tires
Friendly Environment has utilized TEAP funding to do facility upgrades. These upgrades allow the company to collect and process used tires into shreds. The Friendly Environment Tire Grinding Project, through cooperation with local distributors, receives, processes, and chips waste tires to a particular size to be used in filling two end-market products, the Erosion Eel and Gutter Eel. The Erosion Eel and Gutter Eel products are designed for effective erosion control by utilizing rubber otherwise directly disposed of in a landfill.
Metro Nashville installed porous tree surrounds consisting of 1/8-inch granulated rubber chips on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville. This application of processed waste tires is both economical – cheaper than the conventional alternative, while requiring less maintenance – and environmentally friendly. The porous tree surrounds allow water to pass through the material to help prevent cracking, which will benefit the trees by allowing better rain water absorption and creating less stress on the root system of the trees. The tree surrounds will also increase safety and reduce maintenance costs to the City by eliminating sidewalk heaving/cracking and preventing tripping hazards.
Scrap Tires Diverted from Landfills - ~53 tons or ~1,197 tires
The Town of Tellico Plains, located in Monroe County, reconstructed an existing pathway in the Tellico Plains Town Park. Scope of this project included removing the existing six-foot-wide trail and replacing it with a ten-foot-wide flexi-pave surface.
Projected scrap tires diverted from landfills: ~6,000
Henry Horton State Park in Marshall County constructed an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible porous pathway containing granulated rubber. This ADA compliant pathway provides access to a wheelchair accessible playground, learning, and adventure area. This project in Marshall County had additional private partners, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield and GameTime, that provided financial support for the construction of the playground, learning, and adventure area.
The Tires to Trails project installed a porous pathways consisting of 1/8-inch granulated rubber chips at the former golf cart paths at T.O. Fuller State Park. The porous pathway is one of the longest rubber-bearing porous trails in the United States at close to three miles of pathways. Tires were collected from the neighborhoods and area adjacent to the park, which supported city beautification and citizen engagement. This project turned an unsightly community liability – dumped waste tires – into comfortable outdoor walking trails. Porous trails are also more environmentally friendly than traditional nonporous pavement because they allow water to pass through – avoiding some storm water runoff. .
Scrap Tires Diverted from Landfills - ~480 tons or ~36,000 tires
The Town of Troy, located in Obion County, constructed a new, ADA compliant porous pavement pathway located at Trojan Park. Trojan Park. As the park is centrally located, it hosts a community center, several athletic facilities, and playgrounds. With frequent community visitation, and lights (for night-time use) available on the current trail, it is a very visible project in West Tennessee. This project has numerous partners including the design/engineering team at A2H and Recreation Education Services.
Projected scrap tires diverted from landfills: ~5,000
The University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Transportation partnered and were awarded funds to install, test, and analyze three rubberized asphalt projects. The projects were located in Washington, Rhea, and Davidson Counties. Each project is currently being evaluated for longevity and performing well.
Scrap Tires Diverted from Landfills - 26 tons or 2,115 tires