There are products which provide many benefits during their lifetime but can pose a serious hazard to the environment at the end of their useful life. Disposing them is a huge issue for many people.
One of the most difficult objects to dispose of are off the road tires, says an expert from Western Tire Recyclers. These behemoths are oftentimes used for industrial vehicle applications such as mining, construction, and many other similar activities. They usually have a long lifespan and during this time, they can be very useful. However, as the report in The Guardian pointed out, at the end of the tires’ useful life, the problem of disposing them begins. Fortunately, instead of just storing them someplace, they can be converted into something else that can even benefit the ecosystem.
It comes in many colors like blue, red, orange, green and thousands of other hues. Nope, these aren’t butterflies or flowers and before you get any other weird ideas, what’s described here is the rubber mulch. Welcome to the playground and landscaping of the future where the hard ground is layered by colorful rubber mulch. According to HomeAdvisor.com, rubber mulch is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to wood mulch. Unlike its wood counterpart, this novel material doesn’t wash away in strong downpours and also allows water to seep into the ground.
How They’re Made
An off the road tire recycling machine scrape off bits of tire treads and sipes or that portion where the tires meet the ground from the scrap tire. The resulting mulch then passes through a contraption where a strong magnet separates any metal strands that make up the tire belt. It’s then thoroughly washed and dried, after which, it’s again carried by the conveyor to another machine that applies a particular color or hue.
A Thirst Quencher
Okay, so the top layer is gone, but what about the inner layer? The answer is simple. They can be made into raised beds for a huge garden or converted into a host of other useful applications. In fact, they’re very popular with cattle ranchers who use the inner layer of these tires as high capacity water troughs for their livestock. Why use wood or plastic when you can achieve better results with these tires’ inner layer? The plus factor is you’d be doing the environment a great favor.
Tires can be very useful but since they’re non-biodegradable, they could pose a serious hazard to the environment. Storing them is a temporary solution which can only become a huge problem later on. The only way to resolve the issues on disposal and storage is to convert them into something useful and safe.