By Jennifer Berry, Earth911
Approximately 300 million used car and truck tires are generated in the U.S. each year, according to the Recycling Times. With at least 25 percent of scrap tires being landfilled each year, there is a constant need to find innovative ways to reuse them.
While some people reuse whole tires as building materials or as planters for trees and plants, PMGI/Productive Recycling has developed a new waste-tire technology called T-Blocks, which are made of old tires and concrete. Each block consumes 20 to 40 used tires.
“Scrap tires are not only a waste of valuable landfill space but a more serious waste of what is now a viable resource. To illustrate the magnitude of the used tire problem the governments, Solid Waste Management, reports indicate, there is one scrap tire produced for every three people in the United States,” said Gerald Harrington, Managing Director, of PMGI/Productive Recycling.
T-Blocks can be used for a number of construction purposes, including:
- Soil erosion control and slope protection
- Wetlands reconstruction
- Flood control
- Dike and levee construction
- Sub-foundation stabilizers, especially where vibration is a factor
Through their “Tire Recycling Cooperative of America” program, members act as producers, collecting, fabricating and delivering T-Blocks, as a mobile processing machine prepares the tires onsite for re-manufacturing. A basic operational system can process about 1,000 scrap-tires daily, turning them into usable resources.
So What Does That Mean For You?
Even though the general public cannot directly recycle their tires into T-Blocks, by simply recycling old tires, you provide materials for innovative uses such as the method developed by PMGI/Productive Recycling.
“We see our process to provide a value to the community in which they [consumers] live. This is through the reduction of scrap-tire stockpiles therefore reducing insect and rodent habitat and the fire hazard,” said Harrington.
Source : livescience.com