They are used as road surfaces, soft fall surfacing for playgrounds, equestrian arenas, brake pads, industrial and domestic flooring, tile adhesive and sporting surfaces. They can also be used for fuel, engineering projects and drainage aggregates.
One innovative use of crumbed rubber is as diesel fuel substitute in explosive compounds for large volumes in the mining industry.
Approximately 66 per cent of end-of-life tyres are disposed of as landfill, stockpiled or illegally dumped.
Only 16 per cent of almost 50 million tyres discarded annually in Australia are presently recycled and reused for uses including road surfaces, soft fall playground surfacing, brake pads and industrial and commercial flooring.