Liberty Tire Recycling and Bridgestone Americas Present 'Recycle AKRON: 2013'
to Explore Scrap Tires and Use in Asphalt
— August 22 Event to Feature State Agency Experts and Industry Leaders —
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Aug.6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier
provider of tire recycling services in North America, and Bridgestone
Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest
tire and rubber company, will highlight the innovative benefits of rubberized
asphalt on August 22, 2013 with an event called "Recycle AKRON: 2013." The
event will be held at the Bridgestone/Firestone facility in Akron (10 East
Firestone Boulevard) and will gather transportation and environmental
professionals, civic leaders and policymakers to learn more about scrap tire
management in Ohio and rubberized asphalt materials and applications.
Speakers will include experts from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency,
Bridgestone/Firestone, Flexible Pavements of Ohio, Seneca Petroleum, and
Liberty Tire Recycling.
"States that locally source recycled tire rubber for asphalt projects
experience a win-win in terms of waste disposal and longer-lasting, less
expensive roadways," said Jeffrey Kendall, CEO of Liberty Tire Recycling.
"Rubberized asphalt has come a long way to provide not only a sustainable
outlet for scrap tires but to contribute to improved highway infrastructure."
The sessions at Recycle AKRON: 2013 will consist of presentations on topics
including "Tire Processing in Ohio," "Ohio Asphalt Industry Overview on Use of
Modified Binders," "PG Binders for Use in Ohio," "Tennessee Experience with
Rubber and Modified Asphalt" and "Rubberized Asphalt Materials and
Applications," which will provide an overview of the advantages of rubberized
asphalt, from enhanced safety and reduced tire noise to better crack
resistance and cost savings.
"Bridgestone/Firestone works to ensure that for every new tire we sell in the
U.S., another tire that has been removed from use is sent to a valuable
purpose," said Tim Bent, environmental director for Bridgestone Americas.
"Rubberized asphalt has enormous potential for utilizing a large number of the
tires discarded each year for an incredibly important product – lower-cost,
safer, sustainable roads."
Rubberized asphalt is a low-cost, high-performance alternative to traditional
paving mixes that reduces dependency on oil and limits carbon dioxide
emissions. Added to traditional asphalt, crumb rubber comprises 8 to 22
percent of the binder and increases tensile strength. For more than 40 years,
rubberized asphalt has proven to diminish maintenance costs and provide a
smoother, safer ride. Plus, recycled rubber provides a reliable and
consistent supply of material.
"We encourage state and municipal engineers and road maintenance supervisors
to take rubberized asphalt specifications from this event and put them into
practice in Ohio to save money without sacrificing performance," Kendall
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About Liberty Tire Recycling
Liberty Tire Recycling is the premier provider of tire recycling services in
North America. By recycling more than 140 million tires annually, Liberty
Tire reclaims about 1.5 billion pounds of rubber for innovative, eco-friendly
products. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty Tire is used as crumb
rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for
industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping
and playgrounds. The company maintains a nationwide network of processing
plants, and comprehensive door-to-door collection services. Liberty Tire
Recycling is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, please
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S.
subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber
company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide
range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs
of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial
vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural,
forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading
operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing
materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies
also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service
centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated
to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it
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