It’s a common practice to replace your OTR tires when they lose their traction for overall safety. However, proper disposal of these worn-out tires can be problematic. Recycling can help prevent and minimize the following harmful ecological effects.
Groundwater Contamination – OTR tires, like any other tires, start to break down when left on the ground for a long time. This process introduces toxic substances from the tires into the surrounding soil and groundwater. Recycle instead of disposing of the tires, so you can keep them from rotting. After all, tire juice isn’t a cocktail that isn’t in any way inviting.
Air Contamination – Sometimes, people’s idea of OTR tire disposal is to make a huge fire with them. Of course, with the flammable nature of rubber, it makes sense. However, not only does burning rubber create black smoke and an unpleasant smell, it also releases toxic substances into the air and causes harm to anything that breathes. Recycling reduces the number of tires being burned for fuel and instead makes rubber usable again.
Spread of Pests – When tires are just lying around on the ground after disposal, water can collect in them and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry various diseases. Imagine how much larger their number would be if they are OTR tires just waiting to be disposed of. Recycling helps lessen the number of tires that harmful insects can make into their new home.
Recycling OTR tires do much more for the environment than just freeing up space in landfills and other disposal areas. If you have a choice between throwing tires away or taking them to a recycling center, do your part and choose to recycle.