We have already talked about the importance of recycling tires. Let's take a closer look at the product we are able to create from the recycled tires.
1. Tire-Derived Fuel and Tire-Derived Aggregate
Fires fueled by tires are notoriously out of control, so TDF pieces are typically used in combustion devices where they can burn efficiently at high temperatures in a controlled environment.
Tire-derived aggregate (TDA) refers to shredded scrap tires that can be used in a variety of public works or civil engineering projects like road repair and landfill applications.
Together, TDF and TDA make up 55% of the recycled tire byproduct in the United States.
2. Rubber Mulch
Rubber mulch is becoming more and more popular as a playground groundcover material. The rubber has more shock absorption than wood chips, so it is safer for children to play on. Rubber mulch pieces are also a lot more comfortable to walk on than wood chips, so any kids who run around barefoot will avoid splinters.
3. Crumb Rubber
Crumb rubber is a rubber granulate made from grinding up scrap tires and it can be used as ground covering underneath playground equipment and surface material for athletic tracks and fields. It can also be used to make rubber mats, plastics, asphalt, sealing materials, speed bumps, and more.
4. Rubber Powder
Rubber powder is a high-performance, low-cost material that replaces oil and rubber based materials. The powder is a sustainable material and has no adverse effects on humans. The market for rubber powder keeps getting bigger and bigger. Right now, rubber powder can be used to create the same materials crumb rubber creates more rubber, plastic, sealing materials, and other products.
Tires are made up of roughly 20% steel content. The best recycling facilities can clean the extracted steel and make it as free from contaminants as possible. The steel then goes to smelters and gets processed and reused in other ways.
When your tires reach the end of their lives, don’t let them take up space in landfills where they may house disease-carrying rodents and insects or become fuel for a raging tire fire. Instead, simply call us and recycle your old car so we can take care of your tires also. Maybe your old useless tires will be used to create a new ground the next US champion Olympic sprinter trains on.