Every year, around 1.5 billion waste tires
are produced globally. Tires are also not biodegradable and when they are
incorrectly managed they can cause environmental damage and negatively affect
Used tires need to be managed
appropriately, and in many countries, it is also a legal responsibility to do
so. In this article, we’ll outline some methods for what to do with used tires,
ensuring that you know how to properly dispose of this type of waste.
At Gradeall, we design and manufacture industry-leading
tire recycling machinery. We help contribute to the global effort of managing
used tires and promoting responsible and efficient methods for tire recycling.
Tire recycling is important because waste
tires can have a negative impact if they are not correctly stored, processed
and managed. Check out these reasons below for why tire recycling is so
Used tires have previously been placed into
landfill sites, but this has led to many negative side effects in that they;
Due to these effects, many countries have
banned tires from landfills completely, or at least banned whole tires from
Tire fires are a devastating consequence of
mishandling used tires. When a tire fire starts, it can take years to
extinguish, releasing toxic gases and fumes into the air. Some tire fires have
even lasted up to 15 years.
When whole tires have been discarded, they
create the perfect breeding grounds to attract mosquitos, due to the stagnant
water that pools in the bottom part of the rubber tire. Unfortunately, this
also leads to increased cases of malaria in the surrounding area, which is a
serious public health issue that can cause severe illness and fatalities.
Used tires can be put to much better use,
as opposed to being discarded or ending up in landfill sites. Individuals can
create fun DIY projects with old tires and recycling operations can extract
valuable materials, transforming them into new products.
There are some great ways to repurpose old
tires that you may have lying around. Some charities, clubs and schools might
even accept them as donations for repurposing purposes.
With used tires you can;
Check out this Pinterest page for more DIY
ideas on what to do with used tires.
Some tire retailers offer tire disposal
services when you purchase new tires from them. Inquire if they have programs
or partnerships to handle the proper disposal or recycling of used tires.
Retreading is adding a new tread layer to a
worn tire, in order to extend its usable life. Retreaded tires are commonly
used in commercial vehicles and can help reduce tire waste by extending their
Used tires still contain a steel or alloy
rim. This is a valuable material and you can usually sell it for a profit. If
you’re only dealing with a few personally used tires, you could extract the
tire rim manually with a little elbow grease.
However, if you’re dealing with a surplus
of waste tires as a business or part of a tire recycling operation, you will
need a tire recycling machine such as the Tire Rim Separator, or for larger tires, a Truck Tire Rim Separator.
Recycling used tires is an environmentally
friendly option. Many recycling facilities specialise in processing tires and
reclaiming valuable materials. They will usually charge a tire disposal fee and
some limit the amount that you are allowed to deposit.
If you are bringing used tires to a
recycling facility as a business, it may also become costly in both transport
costs and labour. At Gradeall, we manufacture industry-leading tire recycling
machinery to help make that process much more efficient.
Tire balers such as the MK2,
or the Truck Tire Baler, can help reduce tire volume
by up to 80% and Tire Shears are able to cut the tires into
smaller and more manageable pieces. This allows businesses to transport more
used tires in a single load, and save expenses on fuel and staff.
Tire recycling facilities will process used
tires in order to extract valuable materials. At Gradeall, we have supplied
many tire recycling operations across the world, with our industry-leading
Used tires can be used for:
Tires can be turned into a rubber crumb,
which is then used to make other recycled products such as playground surfaces,
sports pitches and road asphalt.
Some waste tires end up being used as tire
fuel in industrial applications such as power plants, cement kilns, and paper
mills. Although, this isn’t a green type of energy and it can still release
toxic fumes when burnt.
Many tire recycling facilities will also
cut the sidewalls of tires to repurpose them as silage covers. Silage covers
are used in agricultural practices to place weight on plastic covers,
increasing the heat and humidity.
At Gradeall, we have built tire recycling
machines for this purpose, such as the Car Tire Sidewall Cutter and the Truck Tire Sidewall Cutter.
At Gradeall, we are committed to
manufacturing tire recycling machinery that helps better manage used tires with
enhanced productivity and efficiency. We supply our equipment to customers
across the world.
If you think that your organisation or
business could benefit from industry-leading equipment, get in touch
with a member of our team. We would be happy to help you find innovative
solutions for what to do with used tires and contribute to a more sustainable
practice of managing tire waste.
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