Let’s stop filling our landfills with old tires!
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 100 million pounds of tire components discarded during the manufacturing process are dumped in landfills nationally each year because the body ply – the tire’s largest component – can’t be effectively recycled. That is, until tire pyrolysis gains more of a foothold throughout the industry.
Pyrolysis of scrap tires offers an environmentally and economically feasible method for transforming waste tires into heat and electrical energy.
BioEnergy Waste Management’s CEO, Salmon Zafar, noted that pyrolysis is one of the most popular methods for disposal of scrap tires in many parts of the world. Tire-derived fuel (TDF) or pyrolysis oil is one of the largest applications of scrap tires in U.S., however, it is currently being challenged…due to the steep fall in oil prices in recent years.
The article goes on to explain that there is a need for more investment in this technology. Demand will grow over time as population increase cause more pressure on the oil industry.
An innovative startup company, RVS Rubber Solutions, created by two university students, has developed a new technology that extracts the rubber and steel from within the components in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. Read more about their new process and the complete article in the article by Maura Keller published in the July issue of AmericanRecycler.com