New Zealander’s generate some 4.2 million tyres annually, end of life tyres are non-compostable and present a serious environmental issue. Instead of stockpiling the tyres or sending them to landfill, you could consider recycling them through a tyre recycling centre.
What are they made of?
Modern tyres are made of synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. They consist of a tread and a body. The tread provides traction, while the body provides containment for a quantity of compressed air.
Why are tyres so hard to recycle?
Tyres consume a lot of space and they are difficult to transport to recycling points, this makes it hard to recycle them. Synthetic rubber is also non-biodegradable which means the tyres are not compostable. This makes it very hard to dispose of tyres.
Tyres are extremely combustible, and fires caused by tyres are difficult to extinguish once they start. Bushfires can ignite tyre piles that are not stored in appropriate places. They also spread large amounts of toxic chemicals.
The recycling process
A Waste Management Tyre Recycling facility is run in Auckland to recycle tyres in a sustainable way. The tyres are shredded in a purpose-built machine and broken into millimetre chips that can either be used as a fuel source in cement production or an energy source.
Not all tyres can be recycled; typically these include tyres used for off road vehicles, for tractors, and solid rubber tyres for specialist vehicles.
Former-tyres, once broken down, can be turned into the following:
- Athletic tracks
- Brake pads
- Building insulation
- Playgrounds and road surfaces
- Tile adhesives
- New tyres
Buying hand car tyres
The best way to recycle used car tyres that still have enough treat on them is to sell them second-hand. That way, we get the most out of the tyres before disposing of them sustainably. Often if a car has broken down beyond repair, or damaged beyond repair following an accident, the tyres may still be in good condition. In these instances, the wrecker can remove and sell them second hand. Not only is this great way to keep your costs down (second-hand tyres are cheaper than brand new ones), but it is also helping the environment by making sure we use all the tyres to their maximum capacity.
We stock a big variety of second hand car tyres. There are tyres to suit every type of vehicle and every budget, whether you are looking for tyres for your car, van, SUV or 4×4. Get in touch with us today, or send us an enquiry with the details of what you require.
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