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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Junk Tires & Our Environment
  • There are at least 275 million scrap tires in stockpiles in the US. In addition, approximately 290 million scrap tires were generated in 2003.
  • Disease carrying pests such as rodents may live in tire piles. Mosquitoes can also breed in the stagnant water that collects inside tires. Several varieties of mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases, including encephalitis and dengue fever. Mosquito control and eradication programs—short of removing tire piles—are difficult.
  • Fire presents a second concern. Scrap tire fires are difficult to extinguish, and can burn for long periods. Tire fires release thick black smoke and can contaminate the soil with an oily residue.
“Over 75% of scrap tires are recycled or are beneficially used for fuel or other applications.”

- Rubber Manufacturers Association, 2003
Three main markets for scrap tires
  1. Tire derived fuel
  2. Civil engineering applications
  3. Ground rubber/rubberized asphalt
How you can help make a difference?
Dispose of Tires Properly
There are several ways to dispose of used tires properly:
  • Leave used tires with a reputable tire dealer-a fee is usually charged for this service.
  • Bring used tires to a local tire collection event for disposal.
  • Call your county or local solid waste transfer station/landfill and ask if they accept used tires.
  • Contact your county or local recycling center and ask if they accept used tires.
Reduce Your Usage
If everyone helps out just a little, major progress can be made toward reducing the total amount of used tires generated. Things you can do to help include:
  • Purchase tires with longer tread life.
  • Rotate your tires every 4,000 miles.
  • Balance your tires when you rotate them.
  • Check for/inflate tires to recommended air pressure levels once a month or before every long trip.
  • Use public transportation and carpool.
NYS Discount Tire Environmental Commitment
100% of the scrap tires we receive are given to a  New York state appointed tire recycling company.


What are the benefits of recycling scrap tires?

Preferred management methods for municipal solid waste are waste prevention, followed by recycling, followed by incineration for energy recovery, and finally land disposal. For tires, retreading is a form of waste prevention and saves valuable resources. Recycling also conserves materials. For example, the use of ground rubber in products and in rubberized asphalt saves new resources from being used. In cases like these, recycling makes good economic sense.

What are the benefits of incinerating scrap tires for energy recovery?

Incinerating tires for energy recovery utilizes scrap tires that might otherwise be landfilled, produces energy, and saves money as other fuels are replaced partially by scrap tires. This beneficial use has greatly increased in the last decade.
Tires produce the same amount of energy as oil and 25% more energy than coal. The oil equivalency of a passenger tire is 7 gallons and the heat content of shredded tires is 10 to 16% higher than that of coal. Tires have a high heating value—each pound of scrap tire rubber is equivalent to 15,000 BTUs of energy.

Key Point: Scrap tires properly disposed can and are being recycled.