Automobiles have been mass produced for more than a century – that equates to a lot of scrap tires. Until about two decades ago the vast majority of these tires were simply tossed in a landfill or stockpiled somewhere.
In fact, the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) states there were 1 billion tires stockpiled in the U.S. as recently as 1990.
2011 figures show that number has dwindled down to about 111.5 million tires. About 60 million of these tires are stockpiled at two locations in the “Rubber Mountain state”, Colorado.
Today, about 88% of scrap tires are reused or recycled into new products. That’s good news considering tires are terrible for the environment:
- They don’t decompose quickly
- They contain toxic chemicals
- They’re breeding grounds for mosquitos and other pests
Most states have laws prohibiting disposing of tires in landfills, and 48 states have some sort of procedure for safely disposing of tires.
Practical solutions for recycling scrap tires includes:
- Creating fuel from tires
- Making rubber pellets to manufacture new products
- Re-treading tires
- Melting down to be used in asphalt mixes
Those uses are certainly excellent ways to reduce the number of scrap tires piled high across the nation, but that’s not what this article is all about.
We want to take a look at the more unique, creative, artistic, awe-inspiring, stupefying, mind-blowing, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that type of ways to reuse scrap tires.
Scrap tire roofing
Fashion from repurposed tires
…More Playtime fun
Garden and Outdoor Decorating Fun
Upcycled Tire Art
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