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The Many Possible Uses of Scrap Tires

COURSE NO: T07-002
The Many Possible Uses of Scrap Tires
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes how scrap tires can be recycled into many useful products. It begins by noting that hundreds of millions of scrap tires are found in piles in the U.S. - Mexico border area. (Note: While the information in the course has been developed specifically for the U.S. - Mexico border area, it is useful for any region with large numbers of scrap tires.) These piles pose a public health concern, as they are breeding grounds and havens for mosquitoes that spread disease. Scrap tires are also a significant environmental problem as a result of fire hazards, water contamination, and the leaching of small amounts of zinc, sulfur and other materials found in tire rubber.


This course describes how scrap tires can be converted from a health and environmental problem into a resource. Three main areas of applications are identified: 1) ground rubber (athletic surface material, molded and extruded products, rubber-modified asphalt); 2) energy use (heating for cement kilns, the paper industry, power generation); and 3) tire-derived aggregates or “TDA” (drainage aggregate, lightweight fill, landfill gas collection, landslide stabilization). Transportation of tires and processing economics are also discussed. Throughout the course, many case studies from established recycling programs are presented.


This 7 PDH online course is intended for civil, materials, transportation and chemical engineers interested in learning about the potential types of uses of scrap tires.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Scrap tire management programs
  • Ground rubber
  • Major U.S. ground rubber markets
  • Athletic and recreational surfaces market
  • Molded and extruded products
  • Rubber-modified asphalt
  • Kilns, pulp and paper industry heating
  • Energy production
  • TDA as drainage aggregate
  • TDA as lightweight fill
  • Whole tires for wall construction
  • Transportation and processing economics
  • Collection and transportation
  • Processing
  • Economic sensitivity
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication, “Scrap Tires: Handbook on Recycling Applications and Management for the U.S. and Mexico,” EPA530-R-1-010, December, 2010.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
The Many Possible Uses of Scrap Tires (3.2 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five questions (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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