Don’t Risk a Fire – Recycle Your Old Tyres

December 10, 2014 Fire Chief 0

Over 20 million waste tyres are generated in Australia every year. This often creates a problem where people don’t know how to dispose of them. Whole tyres are not suitable for landfill for several reasons: They take up large volumes of space in landfills They do not easily compact They can flex back to the top of the landfill after burial This causes a dilemma where huge numbers of used tyres are left above ground with nowhere to go. While there are many avenues for recycling old wheels, including for use as retreaded tyres, to make rubber derived fuels, for the productions of rubber crumb, for use in arenas or as barriers, for silage production or in landscaping; yet many people choose the cheapest option and illegally dump the tyres or stockpile them in unsuitable areas. This illegal dumping or storage is a huge fire risk as tyres are extremely flammable. While there are large fines for offenders who are caught illegally dumping or stockpiling old, used tyres, many people still do not adhere to the law. There are numerous problems associated with tyre fires including the toxic fumes that pollute the air, land and water near the fires with […]