We’re all familiar with “Springfield’s Tyre Yard”, in the popular American animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Claimed as the town’s landmark, the tyres at the yard have been alight for decades, with a smell that can be enjoyed in forty-six states across the nation. The reality is, the disposal of used tyres is no laughing matter. It’s a real global concern, representing one of the world’s largest sources of waste due to the sheer number of tyres produced to keep our planet moving. That’s why brands like Kumho tyres take careful consideration and appropriate measures to ensure used tyres have a lesser impact on the global environment. So what exactly happens to our old tyres once we’ve used them? This article is here to clear the air and provide some useful insights into a tyre’s life once the rubber clears the road.
For manufacturers, it all starts long before the tyre itself is rolled out for sale and purchase in the retail environment. Today, advanced research, innovation and product development is helping to create longer-lasting tyres that are safer, and help to trim down overall wastage. Common procedures include improving the rubber compounds used to create the tyre, and the camber of the tyre to achieve optimum performance from your tyres while driving. The manufacturing process itself represents an important stage in the life of a tyre. Process efficiency and quality manufacturing are leading factors in play for manufacturers, factors that help to minimise waste at the point of production. Once the tyre is delivered and ready for retail sale, the retailers themselves can work to reduce wastage too. At Kmart Tyre and Auto Service, inventory is carefully managed to ensure the optimum life span for tyres is achieved. In addition to this, when a customer purchases a tyre from Kmart Tyre and Auto, they’ll receive expert advice on how to get the best use out of their tyres, tyre safety, and tyre maintenance including guidance on rotating tyres and finding the optimum tyre pressure to match driving conditions, and lifestyle. So the next time you replace your tyres, be sure to ask the retail outlet what responsibility they’ll take to ensure the tyre is either disposed of in a way that causes a lesser impact to the environment, or whether the tyre itself will be recycled for reuse in new products. For the latter, common scenarios include processing the used rubber into new goods such as shoe soles and basketball courts, into asphalt, into the manufacturing of new tyres, using the used rubber as a fuel source, and using the rubber in environmentally friendly buildings seeking to reuse materials.
Tyre recycling is a great way to lessen the environmental impact created from burning tyres, which can cause excessive pollution and emissions. So the next time you find yourself buying new tyres for your vehicle, be sure to ask what’ll happen to your old set, and how you can get the most out of your new set, as we can all play an active role in making sure our tyres do the right thing, on and off the road.