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Roads Built from Tires

California generates more than 40 million scrap tires every year. While nearly 75 percent of used tires are recycled, the rest still end up in landfills or illegal dumps. Ground tire rubber can be blended with asphalt to beneficially modify the properties of the asphalt in highway construction. Through the department’s Green Roads program, CalRecycle is reducing the amount of tires disposed in California’s landfills by putting waste tires to new use as rubberized asphalt concrete.

The City of Huntington Beach, California used grant funding from the program to improve six miles of arterial streets that were riddled with potholes, sunken areas, and crumbling pavement. The rubberized asphalt is expected to extend the lifespan of the pavement by an additional 10 to 20 years.


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