Turning food waste into tires

Researchers have developed a patent-pending technology for incorporating food waste into rubber. Here, dried and ground tomato skins (top) and eggshells (bottom) are shown after coarse, medium, and fine processing before being added to rubber. Photo: K. Chamberlain, Ohio State University.

Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a patent-pending technology for incorporating food waste into rubber. Photo by Kenneth Chamberlain, courtesy of The Ohio State University.

Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a patent-pending technology for incorporating food waste into rubber. Here, Katrina Cornish (l.) and Cindy Barrera (r.) examine ground tomato skins and eggshells, as well as samples of rubber. Photo: K. Chamberlain, The Ohio State University.