The scrap tire industry sure is happy about Ford’s plans to replace 13 million Firestone tires from SUVs and pickup trucks. Ford’s Jason Vines said the company is “finding the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to dispose” of the tires. Tires are used for highway surfaces in California, Arizona, and Texas, and playground equipment in Florida. They are also used to fuel power plants and cement kilns in the Midwest. Nationwide, about 273 million tires are tossed a year.

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