Car tyres are a brilliant invention, and an essential part of the automotive industry. However, we frequently have to replace tyres when they are damaged or worn out from places like Gilnahirk Tyres. In fact, even the most pristine tyres rarely last longer than 5 or 6 years.
After replacing the tyres, you still have to do something with the possibly mangled remains of your previous tyres. Many people have this problem, as evidenced by the fact that the UK gets rid of around 55 million old tyres per year. So how are car tyres disposed of?
There are several problems to consider when you want to dispose of tyres. Firstly, you need to properly reuse, recycle or dispose of these scrap tyres, or you risk polluting the environment as well as harming communities in the area. Secondly, you need to consider your price budget, as there are many ways of disposing of, repurposing, recycling, or otherwise dealing with scrap tyres, some of which are more expensive than others. Thirdly, if you employ a third party, you need to be aware of proper conduct with regards to disposing of tyres, as many criminals will charge you to get rid of your tyres, only to illegally dump them, to lower the disposal costs.
Furthermore, one needs to consider the possibility of alternative solutions to simple disposal. It is also a lot more tricky to get rid of tyres than other types of waste as landfills generally avoid taking in tyres due to their tendency to consume large volumes of space, their ability to trap methane gas and several other qualities which may be damaging to the landfill and its structure and stability.
There are several ways in which scrap tyres may be repurposed, which remove the necessity of disposing of them. Many people choose to recycle these tyres as raw materials to use in the construction of roads. The metal is removed, after which the rubber is pulverized and chemically mixed with other materials to form the material used in macadamized roads. These roads are very strong, and they have the added benefit of being impermeable by water, causing the water to naturally drain away off the roads.
Tyres are also frequently gathered together in large bales to be used in the construction of flood breakers and landfill sites, or as other barriers, even such as highway sound barriers. They can also be recycled and used as building materials in houses or other buildings, particularly in impoverished communities where traditional building materials like wood and/or bricks may not be as freely available. This is typically done by packing the tyres with earth, and then stacking them in brick-like formations, or by compressing tyres together to form so called “tyre-bales”.
Another benefit of using tyres as a building material is the fact that certain properties of tyres, such as their density, allow them to function ideally as objects that can store heat. They are therefore the ideal building material in certain places where the weather is harsh and cold, as they are effective at keeping heat within themselves, and also at insulating buildings from certain troublesome aspects of the weather, like rain and icy winds. Certain facilities may also sell these tyres to licensed power plants to be burned to serve as raw fuel.
Sometimes, the tyres are still in a relatively good condition, and may simply be retreaded and reused in vehicles, which reduces the amount of necessary new tyres, and also saves time and money both on the production of new tyres, as well as the disposal of the old tyres.
There are also facilities which are allowed to recycle tyres through chipping them down and converting them into raw materials used in other products. A new development relevant to this process is the use of the recycled material from the tyres in highly durable railroad ties. These ties, consisting of steel beam cores encased by ground up waste tyres and plastic bottles, are up to 200% stronger than traditional wooden railroad ties.
Furthermore, they have the potential of lasting between 60 and 90 years, as opposed to the 5 to 30-year lifespan of the wooden railroad ties. There are several other products that can be made from recycled tyres, such as athletic surfaces and playground covers, as well as tyre granulate for use in roads,
It is clearly evident that there are an enormous amount of uses for tyres, even after they have fulfilled their intended original purpose, and that if you intend to dispose of your scrap tyres, you have several different ways of getting rid of the tyres, whether it be by donation, selling them to willing buyers, or even simply recycling them on your own.