RUBBER & TIRES
Worldwide more than 3 billion tires are dumped every year. And how many is already stockpiled on dumps?
- More than 250 million scrap tires are generated in North America each year, adding to more than 3 billion scrap tires already stockpiled. About 80% of a tire is made from oil (a non - renewable natural resource);
- about 8 out of every 10 tires in the United States wind up in landfills or ‘stockpiles’*;
- in Canada approximately 26 million tires are sold each year and an equivalent number is generated as used tires**;
- at the end of the millennium only in Western Europe the quantity of accumulated tires was greater than 2,500,000 tons. Most are sent to the sites of storage or are buried. The cost of burial is at least US $ 200 per tonne;
- every day in UK over 100,000 worn tyres are taken off cars, vans and trucks. This totals about 40 million tyres (440,000 tonnes) per year – 1/3 of the 121 million (and increasing) in current use. About 70% of these tyres are diverted from landfill. About 26% are reused as retreads. 46% are reclaimed for other forms of reuse or recycling; or are incinerated for 'energy recovery', which is a low-grade, undesirable option that cannot be achieved without pollution and contribution to climate change. The rest (28%) are landfilled or stockpiled, and represent a major waste problem.
* EarthWorks Group, The Recycler’s Handbook.
** Hickman, Doug. “Recycling: What Goes Around Comes Around”. June/July 1999, Vol.4(3).