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									The storage and recycling of used tires

Although they rarely garner the type of media attention that vehicle emissions receive,
used tires are among the most widespread and problematic sources of waste and
pollution in the world. The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported
in 2003 that 290 million scrap tires were generated throughout the world. Of those
290 million tires, only 45 million (15%) were re-used for new tires called ‘re-treads.'
The remaining 85% of used tires are spread among landfills and other recycling
Landfills are becoming less welcoming to used tires due to several factors. The first
factor is an overall leaning towards recycling that is becoming prevalent in the landfill
sector, along with stricter regulations facing the storage and disposal of tires. There is
also a constant risk of fire inherent with storing large quantities of tires. Rubber fires
can burn for months and are incredibly difficult to extinguish. The fumes from these
fires are very damaging to the environment and can be deathly toxic to people and
animals. Additionally, tires do not make for efficient storage due to the fact that they
contain a large amount of negative space and cutting the tires into more manageable
strips can be cost prohibitive.

Faced with the difficulties in storing and disposing of used tires, the industry has
scrambled to find legitimate outlets for all of the recycled rubber. One method of
recycling used tires that has seen significant prevalence lately is tarmac leveling.
When building new roads, there is often a need for large amounts of materials to be
used for keeping the pitch of the road constant. Tires have proven an effective and
bountiful resource for this purpose. On a smaller scale, both basketball courts and
basketball sneakers are often constructed of recycled tire rubber. There also exists a
method for turning the rubber from tires into a more pliable rubber that can be turned
into all types of products from dog toys to machine parts.

With the amount of tires the world uses increasing every year, there remains a need
for more efficient and productive means of recycling and re-using tire rubber. If you
would like to make sure that your tires are not going to a landfill and are instead being
used for more environmentally friendly purposes, you should do a bit of research and
see if there are any tire recycling organizations in your area. The next time you get a
new set of tires; don't give your old ones to the repair shop. By taking them to a local
tire recycler you will not only be contributing to a local business, you will be doing
your part to reduce the impact that used tires are having on the environment.

Michael Spooner writes on behalf of Ken Jones. He recommends you visit Ken Jones
for all of your lawn tires, mower tires, tire chains, tire tubes, tractor tires and trailer

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