Originally Posted by IdahoScrapper
What it really comes down to is that there are heavy strips of tempered steel inside of the tires that are **** hard to sift out of the rubber, and they make chopping them a nightmare. If they weren't there, then it would simply be a matter of recycling them like any other rubber.
You're right that they can be used to make roads once they are chopped up, but the cost of using tires is more than the cost of regular asphalt so nobody wants to do it
I'm sure there are teams of chemical and mechanical engineers trying to make it more economical right this minute! Maybe one day people are going to be scrapping old tired for big $$$$.