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Bridgestone aims to start tire recycling with new tech by 2030

Japanese company will break down materials to molecular level for recovery

Bridgestone looks to recycle the equivalent of 10% of Japan's disposed-of tires. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Bridgestone plans to finish developing a new technology for recycling tires as early as 2030 in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint in the automotive supply chain.

The Tokyo-based company aims use a process of chemical recycling that breaks tire materials down to the molecular level for reuse. Tires are first melted, and compounds are decomposed using catalysts at regulated temperatures.

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