Recycled tires used to create school playgrounds in India

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Two children’s playgrounds made from worn-out or end-of-life tires (ELT) have been created in India.

Each of the school playgrounds – which are located near the city of Chennai – were created by Apollo Tyres using nearly 200 radial tires under the company’s umbrella environment initiative, Habitat Apollo. Depending on the success of this pilot project, the company will look at replicating it at multiple locations across the country, in the villages around Apollo Tyres’ manufacturing facilities as the first targets.

Satish Sharma, president, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at Apollo Tyres, said, “As per research commissioned by us, very soon India will have over 100 million end-of-life tires every year, without proper mechanisms in place to recycle or dispose of these tires. We have been working towards tackling this issue. Expanding our retreading footprint, the launch of [the]Go The Distance pitch at Old Trafford, Manchester, UK, and now these play structures, they all showcase ways in which we have been working towards the reuse and recycling of discarded tires.”

May 5, 2015

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