The materials of modern pneumatic tires are synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire, along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. Waste or Scrap tires are made out of a material which can have no economic end use. This means that tires which are no longer suitable for use on vehicles due to wear or damage, can be recycled to serve a new economic purpose (rubber asphalt and concrete, fuel alternatives, carbon sources, etc.).
The Economic problem with tires is that the polymeric materials that they are made of, do not decompose easily. Even after heavy use and wear, only a few grams are abraded from each tire before they are deemed not serviceable. This means that nearly the entire amount of rubber is discarded, and a valuable resource is left to become an environmental pollutant, if left to be disposed of. Waste tires create problems such as land filling, health, and environmental challenges. Accumulation of waste tires, which are non-biodegradable polymers due to the presence of fillers, steel cord, organic, and inorganic components, is a major environments concern.
The disposal of tires in landfills have proven to have negative effects on the environment. Not only do they take up a great deal of space within a landfill, but their process of decomposing has created a wide variety of issues that have made their disposal in landfills unfeasible and in many regions, banned. The process of bubbling of trapped methane gas has been linked to increased mosquito and other insect breeding (increase risk of disease spreading), contamination of both underground and above ground water systems, as well as chemically destroying many beneficial bacteria that grow in the soil within and surrounding a landfill. Tires have been stock piled for years both legally (landfills) and illegally.
It is for this reason that waste tires must be viewed not only as an environmental issue, but also as an economic benefit. There is a potential for using waste tire rubber to make activated-carbon adsorbents for air-quality control applications. Such an approach provides a recycling path for waste tires and the production of new adsorbents from a low-cost waste material. Also, recycled rubber from tires is used as a component of various products commonly known as “tire derived products”. Such products include asphalt paving mixtures and as extenders in a variety of products such as roofing materials, walk pads, carpet and flooring underlay and other products. More such products are being developed.
WHY TIRE-DERIVED, RECYCLED RUBBER PRODUCTS?
- Acoustic performance
- Durable and low maintenance
- Excellence in water run-off safety
- Slip resistant
Recycled Waste Tires have several recreational uses:
Repurpose your old tires as home furniture. You can always create something beautiful and accessorize your home. This will also have a huge impact in saving the environment and not to mention our pockets… Imagine how much it would cost you purchasing home improvement stuff each time.
Encourage family bonding time and resourcefulness, especially with the kids. All you need is a little creativity and inspiration and you are good to go. Go ahead and have fun, experiment…
Here are some creative ideas that might inspire you and your family:
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_tires; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire; https://www.architecturendesign.net/25-creative-ideas-to-reuse-old-tires/; http://rethinktires.ca/around-the-home/recycled-rubber-products/#sthash.nqPxIMqU.dpbs;youtube)
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