Where do tyres end up? Waste management and recycling are handled differently in every country. Australia is advanced in looking towards the future to proficiently recycle tyres. Policies are now being implemented to manage waste and recycling organizations are becoming more prominent. However, our tyre waste is significant.
Each year in Australia, the equivalent of 48 million tyres reach the end of their life, only 16% of these are domestically recycled. Around two-thirds of used tyres in Australia end up in landfills, are stockpiled, illegally dumped, or have an unknown fate. This represents both a waste of resources and creates health and environmental issues. Each passenger car tyre contains approximately 1.5kg of steel, 0.5kg of textiles and 7 kg of rubber. (Hyder Consulting, 2009)
There are a handful of organizations that reuse and recycle old tyres. However, the demand of scrap tyres cannot keep up with the availability of recycling centers and alternative waste management systems.
End of life passenger and truck tyres are a significant burden on the environment. Hence why most tyres end up as landfill in Australia. If they are exported to another country or be shredded for road construction, they still hold environmental concerns.
At Bud’s Tyres we do not turn a blind eye to the fate of our waste. We look to educate ourselves on the systems in place for tyre waste and recycling management in Australia. Our second-hand tyre shop is our way of making a small contribution. Thus, we outsource to a recycling company to pick up our scrap tyres so they do not go to waste.
Check out this video on tyre recycling.
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