With all the environmental trends, nowadays we are becoming more and more conscious about how our actions and habit impact our planet. A million things have been said about factories polluting air and how we basically kill the life on Earth by using so much single-use plastic, but did you ever think that your tires might be as much of an issue?
The sheer volume of tires discarded each year comes up to a scary number of almost 300 million in the United States and most of them are not recycled properly. Most of those tires are sitting in empty lots, backyards and river beds attracting mosquitos and other disease-carrying animals because of their hollow round shape which holds water for a long time, contaminating soil and polluting the air with gases like methane. Another part is being burnt which is even worse for our health and the environment in general.
Meanwhile, civil engineers, in particular, have found a wide variety of uses for old tires: road construction, railway improvements, ground cover for playgrounds, dock bumpers, sidewalk materials, and even speed bumps and highway crash bumpers. Moreover, fuel and steel can be made from tires!
We urge you not to keep old tires anywhere around your property for health reasons and not to burn them or simply throw into the landfills for human reasons. Even if you have an old car sitting in your driveway, let this tire problem be the last call for you to finally do something with it: for example, find a local scrap car company and sell it to them. Just make sure the company is actually conscious about the ecological impact they make and recycles properly (we would recommend paying attention to something like a “Go green” section like USJunkCars has). Do a little research and make sure your old tires are recycled properly!