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Hazards of Scrap Tires

Hazards of Scrap Tires

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The car population of the world is rapidly increasing. In the 20th century automotive growth mainly took part in Europe and Northern America, but with the new millennium a wealthy middle class has sprung up in the rest of the world. Large countries like China and India have had an explosion in the number of private cars, and with more cars also more scrap tires follow.

The leading tire manufacturers of the world are working intensely to improve the durability of a set of tires so that they can drive for more kilometers, but other factors such as increased focus on road safety and legislation prohibiting tires that are too worn down, are pulling events in the opposite direction.

It is estimated that 13.5 million tones of tires are scrapped every year. These figures include all sorts of tires from car tires to truck tires and the huge tractor and earth moving tires.

Tires can have many threats on the environment, we can summarize them as follow: 


1-Toxin Release

The Environmental Protective Agency classifies tires as municipal solid waste rather than hazardous waste. Nevertheless, tires that are thrown away instead of recycled can cause serious environmental problems. The issues arise when the chemicals they contain are released into the environment -- the breakdown of tires releases hazardous wastes. Tires contain oils that contaminate the soil; they also consist of heavy metals such as lead that can persist in the environment and accumulate over time. 


2-Fire Risk

Another major concern of discarded tires is increased fire risk. When heated, tires become a fuel source. In fact, nearly 50 percent of recycled scrap tires find a second life in fuel generation. Fires fueled by tires can be more difficult to control and extinguish. In addition, the smoke contains toxic chemicals and particulate matter that poses human health consequences, such as a worsening of existing respiratory conditions so Burning tires creating huge amounts of air pollution, containing toxins such as:

– Benzene (carcinogen)

– Lead

– Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

– Butadiene (central nervous system damage, carcinogen)

– Styrene (potential carcinogen)

– Dioxins

– Furans

 

3-Pest Threat

Discarded tires present another environmental risk that may not be as obvious as waste generation. Tires can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. This effect can, in turn, increase the risk for vector-borne diseases such as encephalitis. Rodents may also find habitat in tires.

 

Thus we at InjazIndustry S.A.R.L, use these scrap tires to create recycled raw materials that can be used in thousands of industries, therefore minimizing the effect on the environment and preventing our natural resources from being depleted and creating new products that are cost effective and quality guaranteed.