How to Handle Waste Tires Safely and Responsibly

By:     Kieran Donnelly

Businesses have a duty of responsibility and a legal obligation to properly handle waste tires, as improperly managed tires can have a negative impact on the environment and even cause potential harm to public health.

In this article, we’ll discuss some ways in which businesses can handle waste tires safely and responsibly. This will contribute to the global effort of properly managing tire waste through sustainable and efficient methods.

At Gradeall, we manufacture innovative solutions and industry-leading tire recycling machinery to enhance the waste tire disposal process for businesses and recycling operations.

Why should businesses properly dispose of waste tires?

Businesses need to develop a robust method for handling waste tires as improper methods can cause harm to their employees, the environment and public health. If a business deals with a surplus of waste tires, they have a duty to:

Protect their staff and the public

If waste tires are left discarded, they can cause a potential tripping hazard for employees in addition to accumulating stagnant water. This creates the perfect breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes and provides a habitat for other pests and vermin.

Tire recycling machinery such as a tire baler or a tire conveyor, provides an appropriate solution for storing waste tires until they are transported to recycling centers. By handling waste tires responsibly, businesses protect the health and well-being of their employees, customers, and the surrounding community.

Adhere to legal regulations

Many jurisdictions have specific regulations and laws in place for the proper management of waste tires. Businesses must comply with these regulations in order to avoid legal consequences, fines, or penalties. Handling waste tires responsibly ensures adherence to environmental and waste management regulations.

At Gradeall, we provide industry-leading tire recycling machinery across the world in order to aid operations in abiding by their local regulations. If you would like to discuss a tire recycling solutions that meets your operational needs, feel free to get in touch with us.

Avoid tire fires

If tires are improperly stored and managed, it also increases the risk of a tire fire starting. Tires are incredibly combustible materials once alight, they are notorious for being difficult to put out. Tire fires will also release toxic fumes and gases into the surrounding air, which is damaging to a business’s reputation and can lead to legal repercussions.

Avoid visual pollution

Tires that have been left discarded also create what’s called, ‘visual pollution’. This demonstrates a lack of social responsibility on behalf of the business and it may cause annoyance and aggravation with the local community.

Keep them out of landfills

When waste tires are dumped into landfills they leach toxic chemicals into the soil, fill up a lot of room and can take up to 80 years to decompose. Many countries have taken steps to completely ban tires from being dumped into landfills or at least partially banning whole tires from being dumped.

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Benefits for businesses handling waste tires responsibly

Business benefit tenfold when they invest in their waste tire disposal process. At Gradeall, we have manufactured industry-leading tire recycling machinery to help streamline this process and increase its efficiency.

When businesses invest in tire recycling methods, they benefit from:

Enhanced reputation and brand image

Consumers are increasingly conscious of environmental issues and sustainability practices. Handling waste tires responsibly enhances a business’s reputation and brand image. It demonstrates a commitment to environmental responsibility and can attract environmentally conscious customers who value sustainable practices.

Cost savings

Businesses may have to transport waste tires to recycling centres, but this process will create costs in transportation, storage and labour. With tire recycling machinery, however, businesses can create an efficient transportation system and minimise this expenditure.

At Gradeall, we have built tire recycling machines that can reduce tire volume by up to 80%. The MK3 Tire Baler can compress up to 140 tires into one single bale and the Truck Tire Baler has been designed to handle larger, lorry and truck-type tires.

We have also manufactured the Car Tire Sidewall Cutter and the Truck Tire Sidewall Cutter which removes the wire beading part and makes for more manageable and flexible parts of tire waste. These parts can then be baled more efficiently which reduces the transportation costs and makes for a more efficient process.

Resource efficiency

Recycling tires onsite also allows businesses to recover valuable materials such as waste steel and alloy from the rim. This helps create an additional avenue of income for businesses as they can sell the recovered metals for a profit.

At Gradeall, we have developed the Tire Rim Separator and the Truck Tire Rim Separator in order to help tire recycling facilities streamline this process. The machine simply applies a force to push the rim out from the tire in just 20 seconds.


This tire recycling machine will enhance the productivity of your operation and reduce the physical burden placed on your employees. It will also quickly offset the costs of the initial investment due to the additional revenue it helps generate.

Tire recycling machinery with employee safety in mind

At Gradeall, worker safety is embedded into the design and manufacturing of our tire recycling machinery. Our machines ensure that your employees are kept at a safe distance, equipped with emergency stop buttons and feature additional safety guards for tire debris that may come loose.

Helping global operations in managing waste tires

Ultimately, responsible waste tire management is part of a global effort to properly manage this type of waste. It is also more commonly becoming a legal requirement towards building a more sustainable future.

At Gradeall, we have supplied our industry-leading equipment to facilities throughout the world including the U.S., U.K., Spain, Australia and more.

If you want to discuss how the Gradeall range of tire recycling machinery can help your operation create a more responsible, efficient and profitable disposal system, get in touch with us and we can help you with expert advice and support.

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