Old tires can be found everywhere. From the shredded remnants of highway blowouts to mountains of rubber created in landfills, old tires are frequently cast off and forgotten. But what are the other options for tires that are past their prime? You can choose to take them to a tire recycling facility if one is available near you or even create a useful DIY product. Read on to find out all you need to know!
Why Should You Recycle Your Tires?
In the US, over 300 million tires are disposed of every year. That is an alarming ratio of almost one per person. Disposing of tires in landfills causes an increase in rodents and mosquitoes which can spread diseases. Because tires are made of synthetic rubber, they are non-biodegradable. Scientists have estimated a tire can take up to hundreds or even thousands of years to fully decompose. Disposed tires also create a fire risk since they trap methane gas, and these fires are notoriously difficult to extinguish.
A positive fact, however, is that old tires can also be used as an alternative for fossil fuel. These tires can be recycled and made into tire-derived fuel (TDF). The process helps to produce over 25 percent more energy than coal and it is more energy-efficient. It is estimated a single tire contains about 5 gallons of oil.
Ways to Repurpose Old Tires
Recycled tires can also be turned into many useful products. Many resourceful crafters have made a variety of creations from their old tires. They can be used for garden planters, playground equipment, outdoor furniture and decorative ornaments. The synthetic material from the tires has also been very effective in creating rubber modified running tracks, artificial playing fields and rubber modified asphalt. It should be noted that research shows tires slowly seep toxic chemicals into the surrounding environment on a long-term scale when exposed to the elements. Because of this, it is recommended edible plants are not grown in tires, but many other applications should be fine.
Reduce Tire Waste with Regular Tire Servicing
The days of burning your old tires are long gone. It may be a bit inconvenient to recycle your old tires, but it is our environmental responsibility to make sure these used tires are properly disposed, recycled or reused. Your tires will eventually need to be discarded, but it is of utmost importance we do our part in the reducing, reusing and recycling process. Never forget, taking care of your tires with regular inspections and rotations is one way to reduce how often your tires need to be disposed. Schedule a tire check-up with our trained professionals today and extend your tires’ lifespan!