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Pacific Norhtwest National Laboratory developed a new bioprocess -- trademarked RubberCycle -- to change the surface chemistry of waste tire rubber to enable it to bond with virgin rubber, making it possible to mix 20 percent recycled rubber with 80 percent virgin rubber to make new tires.

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Document Title: Rubbercycle(TM)
Category: Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: 1997
Background: Nationwide, one to two billion waste tires are currently stockpiled awaiting disposal, and 250 million more tires are added to that number annually. Recycling waste tire rubber into new tires has not been successful in the past because waste rubber does not bond reliably with virgin rubber. For more information, see http://www.pnl.gov/edo/license/programs/fliers/rubber.stm
URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/SMAA-48JTHH

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