What is tire recycling?
Tire recycling is the process of converting end-of-life or unwanted old tires into material that can be utilized in new products. Tires that reach their end-of-life become no longer functional due to overall wear or damage. These tires can not be re-grooved or re-treaded, making them great candidates for recycling. Over one billion tires that have reached the end of their life cycles are generated annually, worldwide. It is estimated that four billion unwanted tires currently exist in landfills and stockpiles. Discarded, end-of-life tires are generated at about the rate of 300 million per year, making it extremely relevant and important to recycle your old tires.
Why should you recycle your old tires?
Tires are one of the most problematic sources of waste, due to the large volume produced, the durability of the tires, and the components in the tire that are not biodegradable. Because of the fact that they have very high durability and are non-biodegradable, tires can take up a great deal of valuable space in landfills. It is very important that you dispose of old, used tires correctly, as there are many uses an old tire has when recycled.
Where can you take your used tires to recycle them?
Check out an article the Rome News Tribune published about our very own tire recycling initiative, Green Carbon, Inc., called ‘OTR Transforming Old Tires Into Black Gold.’ Our Green Carbon pyrolysis system processes a whole tire of any size: Earthmover, construction, mining, agricultural, and military. Oil, carbon black, and steel are separated in the process by the reactor automatically. Suitably deemed a positive energy machine, our Green Carbon process can utilize one car tire weighing 20 pounds to create 1.2 gallons of oil, approximately 7 to 8 pounds of carbon black, and about 2 pounds of steel. The energy that is in the oil and in the carbon black is 8 times more than the energy used to process the tire.
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