Tire derived shreds (TDS) are the first primary shreds from scrap tires of all sizes. These first cuts are produced as whole tires (or pre-cut pieces) enter and exit from a primary shredder. These shreds are typically 2” – 6” inches in size but can range in size after the first cut. Recirculating the first shreds is available for smaller sizes.
These first shreds contain steel, fiber, and rubber. Processors are able to sell these shreds to buyers or continue processing for additional material outputs.
TDS shreds have numerous uses—from a fuel additive to civil engineering applications. Depending on the use, TDS shreds may be labeled differently. For example, shreds used for burning and energy production are typically called, “TDF” or “Tire Derived Fuel” due to their high BTU heating value.
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