Some states still allow large stockpiles, thereby providing a breeding ground
for disease-causing insects and a fire hazard. However, those stockpiles are also
readily available for recycling, unlike tyres buried in landfills. The United States also
has relaxed emissions regulations that allow for the burning of tyres, so that method
of waste management is most common (Lundin, personal communication, November
28, 2006. See Appendix D). For a breakdown of the recycling methods used in the
United States in 2003, refer to Figure 4.
Figure 4 - Uses of recycled tyres in the United States for 2003. This graph is compiled from statistics found at the following source: (Environmental Protection Agency, 2007).
The European Union (EU) is as experienced in dealing with tyre waste as the
United States. Tyre waste legislation in the EU has become much more stringent in