An estimated 1 billion tires are disposed of every year. These discarded tires represent a significant global waste management challenge due to their non-biodegradable nature and environmental risks.
However, many countries are finding
innovative ways to recycle and reuse tires in various applications, such as
rubberised asphalt, construction materials, and even energy generation through
In this article, we’ll discuss tire
recycling facts and how tire recycling is handled throughout the
world, with a particular focus on tire recycling in the U.S., U.K., and
As a leading manufacturer of tire recycling machinery, Gradeall seeks to
contribute to the global effort of managing this type of waste, through
efficient and profitable solutions. We aim to make tire recycling as feasible
and convenient as possible for recycling operations across the world.
Although tires are not innately hazardous,
they do pose a hazardous risk to health and the environment when they are
incorrectly stored and managed.
The risks associated with waste tires
Tires are a combustible material, they can
catch fire easily and once ignited, tire fires are incredibly difficult to
extinguish. When tires burn they also produce toxic gases and oils which can
contaminate the air, soil, and water.
Waste tires can also create the perfect
breeding ground for mosquitoes, due to the stagnant water that pools in the
base of the tire. This can lead to an increased risk of malaria cases and
attract other disease-carrying pests.
Waste tires are not biodegradable, and when
they are thrown into landfills, they will eventually leach toxic chemicals into
the soil. Due to their large and bulky nature, they also take up a significant
amount of space. Due to this risk, many countries have actually banned them
from landfills entirely.
Because tires are difficult and sometimes
costly to dispose of properly, they are often the subject of illegal dumping
which can also lead to environmental damage and public health risks. Those who
are caught illegally dumping waste tires will also face significant fines.
For these reasons, many jurisdictions
across the world have strict rules and regulations surrounding tire disposal.
Businesses that manage end-of-life tires or produce new tires, also have a duty
of responsibility and legal obligation to pursue tire recycling initiatives and
limit their impact on the environment and public health.
At Gradeall, we have supplied tire recycling machinery across the world in a
bid to help businesses and organisations properly dispose of their waste tires,
in an efficient and profitable way.
If you would like to hear more about how
the Gradeall range of machinery can enhance your tire recycling process, don’t
hesitate to get
in touch with a member of the Gradeall team.
There are various methods for disposing of
waste tires. The most suitable approach for you really depends on how many
tires you’re disposing of, the legalities in your region and whether or not
it’s business waste or personal waste.
Here are some ways that you can dispose of
When you buy new tires, the retailer will
often accept your old tires for a small fee. They will then ensure that the
tires are disposed of responsibly, usually through a tire recycling program.
Some tires, particularly larger ones used
by trucks or aeroplanes, can be retreaded. This process involves removing the
worn-out tread and replacing it with new rubber, making the tire usable again.
Old tires can be repurposed for a variety
of uses around the home and garden. For example, they can be turned into
planters, swings, or even used in DIY furniture projects.
The most environmentally friendly option
for disposing of old tires is to recycle them by depositing them in local tire
recycling facilities. You may have to pay a fee to the recycling centre, but
you can check what the cost of this is beforehand.
If you are a business that handles a
surplus of waste tires, then you may have to travel back and forth to a
recycling centre regularly. This can be quite costly in transportation costs,
due to the large and bulky nature of tires that take up a lot of room.
One solution for this is to bale the tires,
this will ensure the optimum transportation of waste tires and help streamline
the entire process. At Gradeall, we have developed various tire balers that can
reduce the volume by up to 80%, meaning that you can save costs on transporting
Tire Baler: Can compress up to 110 tires into one single bale.
Tire Baler: Can compress up to 140 tires into one single bale, with
75 tonnes of force.
Truck Tire Baler: Can compress up to 12 truck
tires into one single bale.
Portable Tire Baler: A portable baler used for
End-of-life tires are able to be put to
better use, once they have undergone processing methods to extract valuable
materials and make them suitable for recycling purposes.
Investing in and pursuing tire recycling
methods is a much better option than placing them into tire dumps or landfills.
There are many tire recycling uses, as every part of the waste tire can be
utilised in some way.
Check out some of the ways that waste tires
can be recycled below.
The first step in handling waste tires is
to extract the steel or alloy rim. This is particularly beneficial as the waste
steel and alloy is a valuable material which can then be sold for profit.
You can extract the tire rim manually, but
this is quite labour-intensive and it takes some time. Another alternative is
to invest in a Tire Rim Separator – a machine that can remove
the rim in just under 20 seconds.
Gradeall is a leading manufacturer of this
tire recycling machinery, there is also another model of the Truck Tire Rim Separator that can handle
larger tires from lorries or trucks.
The rubber part of the tire can also be
turned into a rubber crumb, which is then used as a component for producing
things like playground surfaces, road asphalt and even in the production of new
tires. This process involves shredding the tires into smaller and more fine
Old tires are often integrated into the
engineering of slope stabilisation projects, retaining walls, and in roadway
embankments, where they can help prevent soil erosion. This usually involves shredding
the tires into more manageable chunks, using specific tire recycling machinery
like an Agricultural Tire Shear or a Tire Tread
Old tires are often used to weigh down
covers on silage pits or bunkers. This practice is quite common on farms around
the world. The tires help to keep the plastic sheeting in place, preventing air
from reaching the silage and thereby reducing spoilage.
The weight of the tires can help ensure a
better seal on the silage pile, which can improve the fermentation process and
the overall quality of the silage. This is typically done with a machine that
can cut the sidewalls of the tires, leaving behind flat rubber circles that are
then used as silage covers.
At Gradeall, we have manufactured tire
recycling machinery that can do this efficiently. The Car Tire Sidewall Cutter is able to process
120-140 tires per hour, taking only around 20 seconds to shred the sidewall
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We have also manufactured and designed Truck Tire Sidewall Cutter which can handle
larger tires with similar output results. At Gradeall, we consistently seek to
create innovative solutions to handle the disposal process of tires in all
shapes and sizes.
Old tires can also be converted into a
source of energy known as tire-derived fuel (TDF). This process involves
shredding the tires into small pieces and burning them in industrial
facilities, such as power plants, cement kilns, or pulp and paper mills.
Although it isn’t a green source of energy, it is still a useful commodity
produced from tire recycling.
There are approximately 280 million tires
discarded each year in the U.S., which averages around one tire per person.
Many states in America have now implemented strict regulations to handle this
type of waste and promote alternative tire recycling methods.
Some U.S. regulations surrounding tire
You should check what the regulations are
in your state, ensuring that you can properly manage waste tires in an
efficient and legally abiding manner.
The average costs of tire recycling fees in
the U.S. are around $2.50 per tire, although this will vary state by state.
At Gradeall, we have supplied
industry-leading tire recycling machinery to many clients based in the U.S. Our
machinery can also be adapted to meet the specific requirements of your
operation and how your state requires the tires to be handled.
If you would like to speak to someone about
tire recycling machinery contact the Gradeall team for more information
Texas handles approximately around 50
million used and scrap tires per year. The Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality (TCEQ) is the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing tire
recycling and disposal.
The TCEQ operates a Scrap Tire Program to
ensure that businesses and individuals adhere to environmental guidelines when
disposing of and recycling tires. Check out some of the facts about tire
disposal in Texas below:
Colorado has implemented similar guidelines
and regulations to Texas, but they have also adopted additional initiatives,
At Gradeall, we have delivered our
high-performing tire recycling machinery to tire disposal operations across the
U.S. states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, Los Angeles, Florida, Michigan
and New Jersey.
We have manufactured the best tire
recycling machinery in the world, which is why we are regularly sought after by
If you think your US tire recycling
operation would benefit from industry-leading tire equipment, get in touch
with the Gradeall team to discuss delivery options and machine specifications.
As international providers of waste
management solutions, we also offer to send an expert engineer to commission
the new equipment on your site. In addition to this, there are also lots of
helpful resources including comprehensive instruction booklets and video guides
Check out these caste studies on the Tire
Sidewall Cutter and the MK2 Tire baler that have both been delivered
to international clients.
The U.K. approximately disposes of 55
million waste tires annually. This has led to a well-established process for
tire recycling, with regulations and initiatives in place to ensure proper tire
disposal and adherence to local regulations.
Please note that specific details and
regulations may change over time, so it’s recommended to consult the official
website of the UK government, the Environment Agency, or other relevant
authorities for the most up-to-date information on tire recycling practices in
The tire recycling fee in the U.K. can
range anywhere from £1.50 – £3. Although many local councils do not accept
tires, or limit how many you are allowed to deposit.
At Gradeall, we have supplied our industry
leading equipment to tire recycling centres throughout the U.K. and Ireland,
including Scotland, Wales and England. We help them manage thousands of waste
tires per week with innovative recycling machinery such as the Tire Baler Conveyor and the Inclined Tire Baler Conveyor.
If you would like to hear more about how
our industry-leading equipment can support your operation, give us a call
and we will help guide you with expert advice you can trust.
Australia generates on average around
459,000 tonnes of waste tires annually. This has led to a significant focus on
pursuing tire recycling alternatives to reduce waste and promote sustainable
Tire Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a
non-profit industry-led organisation established to promote and improve the
sustainable management of used tires. It operates the Tire Product Stewardship
Scheme, which aims to increase tire recycling rates, reduce landfilling, and
prevent illegal dumping.
Check out these tire regulations in
Australia, although please note that they can vary depending on the region.
It’s important to note that specific
details and regulations may vary across different Australian states and
territories. For the most up-to-date and accurate information on tire recycling
practices in Australia, it’s recommended to consult the relevant government
Dandenong, located in Victoria, Australia,
is home to several tire recycling facilities and initiatives. There is a
prominent tire collection service available, which offers a convenient way for
individuals and businesses to dispose of their used tires properly and ensure
they are recycled rather than being sent to landfills.
The tire recycling fee in Australia can
range anywhere from $3 – $10 depending on the specific location it is disposed
in, the type of tire and its current condition.
At Gradeall, we have delivered tire
recycling machinery to clients based in Australia, helping them to streamline
their waste management process without having to pay extortionate disposal fees
to recycling centres.
Check out this case study of a MK2 tire baler that was recently dispatched to Australia,
At Gradeall, we are proud to be
international distributors of tire recycling machinery. Check out these case
studies of tire recycling equipment that we had previously delivered to
operations based in Iceland, Spain
As a leading supplier of this type of
equipment, we also have a healthy stock of spare parts available, ensuring
minimal downtime and direct contact with us, the manufacturer. We take great
pride in contributing to the global effort of tire recycling. If you would like
to hear more about how we can help your operation, don’t hesitate to get in touch
Whatever type of tires that your operation
handles, we have designed and manufactured industry-leading tire recycling
products to help manage and streamline the entire process. Our goal is to
provide high-quality equipment that will enhance operational productivity and
Gradeall tire recycling machinery can deal
with anything from smaller passenger type vehicle tires, e.g.) Car Tire Sidewall Cutter to larger truck and
lorry type tires, e.g.) Truck Tire Rim Separator.
We have even developed a range of tire
recycling machinery that is capable of dealing with (OTR) Off-The-Road tires,
including the OTR Tire Splitter, OTR Sidewall Cutter and OTR Shear. We
manufacture machinery that meets your operational needs.
At Gradeall, we provide tire recycling
machinery for sale, rent and lease. We aim to provide flexible solutions that
benefit your operation as a long term investment. If you’re unsure of what
equipment your operation needs, we recommend getting in
touch with us to develop a solution that is bespoke and profitable
for your tire recycling objectives.
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