The waste tire disposal process has several
methods, with some being a lot more environmentally friendly than others. In
this article, we’ll discuss the tire disposal process and explore how they can
be recycled or repurposed for better use.
At Gradeall, we design and manufacture innovative tire recycling machinery, providing businesses with the practical means to pursue tire recycling alternatives. If you would like to discuss enhancing the productivity and efficiency of your operation, don’t hesitate to get in contact.
The tire disposal process is carried out
through a range of different methods, including:
Some tires end up in landfill sites, which
isn’t the best option for the environment or public health. Due to their
buoyant properties, they can also rise to the surface of landfills and release
toxic methane gas or they can leach toxic chemicals into the surrounding soil
and water sources.
Some countries have gone as far as
implementing a total ban on waste tires entering landfills sites, the EU
Landfill Directive for example bans them across the whole of Europe. In other
parts of the world, such as 38 states in the U.S., whole tires are banned from
landfill sites, meaning they need to be shredded beforehand.
Some tires also end up in tire dumps, which
also carries increased risks to the environment and public health. If the tire
dump was set alight for example, the tire fire could last years despite efforts
to extinguish it. During the blaze, toxic chemicals would also be released
which will pollute the air and negatively affect public health.
If tires are also incorrectly stored in
tire dumps, they may form stagnant water in the base of the tire. This creates
a breeding ground for mosquitoes which could lead to increased cases of
malaria. In order to avoid this, tires need to be baled for proper storage and
Tire retreading, also known as tire
remoulding or recapping, is a process in which the worn-out tread of a tire is
replaced with a new layer of tread. This allows the tire to be reused and
extends its service life. Retreading is commonly done for large commercial
vehicle tires, such as those used in trucks, buses, and aircraft.
Tire retreading offers several benefits,
including cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and conservation of
resources. It allows for the reuse of the tire casing, which is typically the
most expensive part of the tire while reducing the demand for new tires.
Tire repurposing is a much better option
compared to landfill sites or tire dumps. With a little creativity and
ingenuity, they can be used for a range of other things including;
Many schools, clubs and charitable
organisations will use waste tires for repurposing methods. If you have a
surplus of waste tires, it may be useful to call around and ask if local
organisations would like to receive them as a donation.
Tire recycling is the best method for
handling the 1 billion waste tires that are produced annually. Tires have
several recycling purposes, meaning that they can be further processed for
extracting valuable materials and creating new products.
Some of the methods for recycling waste
Tires can be mechanically shredded into
small pieces, which can then be used for various applications. The shredded
rubber can be used as a raw material in products such as playground surfaces,
sports fields, rubberized asphalt, and rubber mats.
Tires can be crumbed into tiny rubber
granules. These granules can then be used to make new tires, rubberized
products, and other rubber-based materials.
Pyrolysis involves heating tires in the
absence of oxygen, which breaks them down into various byproducts, including
oil, gas, and carbon black. The oil and gas can be used as fuel sources, while
the carbon black can be used as a pigment or filler in the manufacturing of new
tires and other rubber products.
Devulcanization is a process that breaks
down the molecular structure of rubber to reverse the vulcanization process.
This allows the recycled rubber to be reused in the production of new tires and
other rubber goods.
Recycling tires not only reduces waste but
also conserves resources and energy that would otherwise be used in the
production of new tires. It’s important to note that tire recycling practices
may vary depending on local regulations and infrastructure, so the availability
and extent of tire recycling options may differ in different regions.
Waste tires cannot undergo primary
recycling. Primary recycling typically refers to the process of directly
reusing a material for the same purpose it was originally designed for, without
significant changes to its composition or properties. However, due to the
complex composition of tires and the wear and tear they undergo during use,
primary recycling is not a common or feasible method for tire disposal.
At Gradeall, our goal is to enhance the
tire disposal process for your operation. We are committed to pursuing tire
recycling alternatives and our range of tire machinery makes this more
accessible and convenient for businesses to achieve.
The Gradeall range of tire recycling
machinery is quite impressive, some examples include:
Able to remove the steel or alloy rim from
tires in under 20 seconds.
Used for shredding the sidewalls of car
tires, can handle up to 140 tires per hour.
Can compress up to 110 waste tires into one
Most of our machinery also has additional
models that can handle tires of bigger sizes, such as lorry and truck tires or
If you would like to discuss tire recycling
machinery to enhance your tire disposal operation, get in touch
with a member of the Gradeall team and we will help you find a solution that’s
right for you.
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