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tires is something that everyone should do. There are many bad impacts
that can come from not recycling tires, including disease and pollution
But before we get into recycling tires, let us first talk about
what you can do to lengthen the life of your tires – therefore
saving money for yourself as well as helping to save the environment.
· Keep a proper tire pressure. Having improperly inflated
tires is a huge cause of tire damage. It can cause irregular wear
as well as decreased gas mileage.
· Avoid braking and accelerating excessively.
· Keep on schedule with your tire rotation and checking wheel
balance and alignment.
· Inspect your tires at least once a month. Check for uneven
wearing, cracks, splits in the tread, or other signs of damage.
· Overloading your vehicle can cause more wear on your tires,
· Avoid driving on rough roads and over potholes or curbs.
· Replace your tires once the tread is down to 1/16th of
an inch. Do not let a salesman convince you to get rid of them sooner
unless there is an added, important reason.
· Just because you have one or two bad tires, it does not
mean that you need an entirely new set of four tires.
· Use retreads. They are just as safe as new tires.
Now that you know at little bit more about putting off having to
recycle your tires for just a little bit longer, let us talk a bit
about recycling tires.
Interestingly enough, recycling the rubber from scrap tires was
very common until the 1960s, and then it started to die off. Because
it became easier to make synthetic rubber, people found it less
important to recycle their tires. Also, recycling tires became more
difficult when steel belted tires became popular.
Fortunately, the recycling of tires as increased a lot within the
last decade. People started to see the problems associated with
What are the problems with not recycling tires?
For one thing, discarded tires are an eyesore. But even properly
disposed of scrap tires can create problems. A tire dump is a known
breeding ground for mosquitoes. There is a higher incidence of mosquito-borne
diseases near tire dumps.
Also, tire pile fires are a huge environmental problem. Such a
fire can go on burning for months, and while it is burning, it sends
up a huge plume of black smoke, full of toxic chemicals and pollutants.
The oily runoff, full of toxic chemicals, caused by tire fires can
make its way into surrounding water supplies, as well.
Recycling tires is a very important step towards lessening the
bad impact that they can have on the environment (but remember:
reducing unnecessary use of tires is the best way!)
What can recycled tires be used for? Well, since recycled tire
rubber can be cheaper than making new rubber for some products,
it is used for many things. People used recycled tires for asphalt
and mulch groundcover and other things as well.
When crumb rubber is mixed with asphalt, the asphalt is less likely
to crack. And you have probably seen recycled rubber padding the
ground beneath children’s playgrounds, as well – recycling
tires can create safer environments, too!
It is amazing how far recycling tires has evolved over the years.
Remember, if you need to dispose of some tires, be sure to recycle
them. Talk to your local auto shop or tire shop and ask them to