Waste tires can cause some adverse effects
on the environment and public health if they are not appropriately managed.
However, with proper processing, waste tires can be converted into new products
and materials or repurposed for different uses.
In this article, we’ll outline some of the
reasons why waste tires can be considered bad for the environment and some ways
in which these negative effects can be avoided or at least minimised.
At Gradeall, we manufacture
industry-leading tire recycling machinery. We are committed to working towards
a sustainable future and enhancing the tire disposal process across the globe.
Waste tires pose a significant threat to
the environment and public health when they are discarded into tire dumps,
placed into landfill sites or dumped illegally in other unsuitable locations.
Many countries across the world have even
implemented legislation to combat this issue, requiring tire handlers to
properly dispose of this type of waste and seek tire recycling alternatives.
Managing waste tires is a global challenge
and it requires a major change in how we dispose of this kind of waste. With
new technologies and a cultural change in how society values the environment,
the future looks promising for managing waste tires in an environmentally
friendly and sustainable way.
Some of the ways in which waste tires
affect the environment and public health include:
Tires are large and bulky in their nature,
which means that they take up a lot of space in landfill sites. In fact, 38
states in the U.S. have even banned whole tires from landfill sites entirely.
To help combat this issue, Gradeall has
developed a range of tire processing machinery such as the tire sidewall cutter, tire shredder and tire
baler, to reduce the original size of the tires. Many of our clients
have benefited from this machinery in helping them process waste tires of all different
shapes and sizes and adhere to local regulations.
When waste tires are dumped into landfill
sites or tire dumps, they can leach toxic chemicals into their surroundings,
and with tires taking up to 80 years to decompose, this is a long time for this
to be happening.
Landfill leachate can contaminate nearby
water sources and the surrounding soil, which reduces its quality and
fertility. It may also cause harm to aquatic ecosystems and surrounding
Due to the risks associated with dumping
tires into landfill sites, the EU has banned them entirely under the EU Landfill Directive.
As mentioned above, tires are large and
bulky in their nature. This makes waste tires difficult to transport, requiring
multiple journeys to bring them back and forth, which also leads to more fuel
consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
At Gradeall, we developed an incredible
range of machinery to help reduce transport loads, which is better for the
environment and business expenses. The MK2 Tire baler, for example, can reduce
the volume of tires by up to 80%.
Discarded and loose tires can collect
rainwater in the base of the tire. This creates stagnant water which is the
perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. This leads to a risk to human health as
the cases of malaria will typically spike in correlation to improperly managed
In addition to attracting mosquitos, waste
whole tires can also create the perfect habitat for other vermin and pests to
To avoid this issue, tire handlers should
bale tires together so that whole waste tires are properly managed and stagnant
water does not form. The MK2 Tire Baler, MK3
Tire Baler and Truck Tire Baler have been designed to handle
a range of different tire sizes and operational requirements.
Tire dumps in particular pose a huge risk
of a potential fire hazard. Tires are an extremely combustible material and
once alight, they are notoriously difficult to put out. The longest tire fire
was in Wales, where 10 million tires burned continuously for 15 years.
When tires are burned, either intentionally
or accidentally, they release toxic pollutants into the air. The combustion of
rubber produces harmful chemicals, such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and
methane gas, which are huge contributors to air pollution and can also have
negative effects on human health, i.e.) increasing the likelihood of
respiratory issues and certain cancers.
In order to mitigate the negative side
effects of waste tires, they need to be appropriately processed. This ensures
that they are stored in safe conditions, which prevents the risk of tire fires
starting, malaria cases spreading, etc.
At Gradeall, we build tire recycling machinery that is fit for this
purpose. Our equipment can handle anything from passenger-type vehicle tires to
larger, Off-The-Road type tires. If you would like to
speak to someone about enhancing the tire recycling program in your operation,
feel free to give
us a call for expert advice.
Once the waste tires have been
appropriately processed, they can then be sent to recycling operations where
valuable materials will be extracted through processes like grinding or
Some of the things that waste tires can be
converted into include:
These are just some of the things that
waste tires can be recycled into. They can also be used as an alternative fuel
source (TDF) but this is controversial due to the toxic gases it releases when
burned. However, Tire Derived Fuel still reduces the amount of fossil fuels
used and prevents waste tires from ending up in landfill sites.
As technology evolves we can expect to see
more innovative uses for recycling waste tires. It is also becoming more common
to see legislation that supports sustainable and responsible waste management
At Gradeall, we are also working towards
better and more efficient solutions for handling this type of waste, if you
would like to hear more, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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