PITTSBURGH, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As an alternative energy source to coal, oil, wood and natural gas, tire derived fuel (TDF) is consumed by cement kilns, pulp and paper mills, and power plants across the continent, conserving vast amounts of natural resources. TDF is basically shredded tires that are processed to rid them of steel and fiber material, creating fuel chips that produce 25 percent more energy than coal while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 19.5 percent.
"Based on more than a decade of testing, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the use of TDF as a viable alternative to the use of fossil fuels," said Jeffrey Kendall, CEO of Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America. "TDF is one of several viable alternatives to prevent newly generated scrap tires from inappropriate disposal in tire piles, and for reducing or eliminating existing tire stockpiles."
Approximately 10 million tires per year are consumed as fuel at dedicated tire-to-energy facilities, which are specifically designed to burn TDF to create energy. Liberty Tire Recycling provides enough TDF to generate 100 percent of the electricity needed to power a city of 153,000 people – equal to the population of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When used as an alternative energy source, TDF generates up to 16,000 BTUs per pound – with lower moisture, sulfur, nitrogen and ash than fossil fuels. Potentially, all of the scrap tires produced in the U.S. annually could provide an energy source equivalent to 13 million barrels of crude oil.
Liberty Tire Recycling reclaims more than 130 million tires annually throughout the U.S. and Canada, creating about 1.5 billion pounds of recycled rubber for smart, sustainable products. For more information about Liberty Tire Recycling, visit www.libertytire.com.
About Liberty Tire Recycling
Liberty Tire Recycling is the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America. By recycling more than 130 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 visit www.libertytire.com.