Recycled Continental Extreme E tires used to create basketball court

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A new basketball court produced using recycled tires has been opened in the Linden-Süd district of Hannover, Germany. The project, which was carried out by Continental and other partners, used 200 recycled racing tires from the Extreme E electric racing series to create the court’s surface.

Regupol, an elastomer processing company, transformed the end-of-life tires into rubber paving blocks, which Kretschmer, a Hannover-based sports-field construction company, used to assemble the sustainable playing surface.

Other partners in the project included the city of Hannover, housing construction company Hanova, the BasKIDball project, the VIA Linden and Serve the City Hannover associations and the SV Linden 07 club where the court has been built.

“These tires raced in Saudi Arabia, Greenland and Senegal. And now, in the form of a basketball court, they are helping to bring young people together and get them excited about sport,” explained Christian Kötz, member of the executive board for tires at Continental. “We’re delighted that the Extreme E tires are getting a second life after the end of their racing career. Circularity – in this case the reuse and continued use of tires – is an important area, and one in which Continental is working hard.”

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