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Where do tires go to die?
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Jmoore    Posted 09-10-2004 at 17:42:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
O.k. When you get new tires , they charge you say 2.oo$ a tire for recycle charges.So they must get paid for the tires by someone someplace. Now how much is a guess. So I say if I pick up all those tires found along side of the road I could sell them. But noone Knows where to bring them, I search the net but haven't found a thing about who buys old tires and what they pay. I guess Like in the old tarzan movie, where they followed the wounded elephant to the diying ground to find the ivory , I'll have to follow the truck when it takes a load to the recycler.


David Pelzel    Posted 10-23-2005 at 05:19:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you know anyone who buys old tires for recycling purpose ? A friend told me he knows some place thatdoes buy them,but he is not saying a thing...I am in Washington state.




foley    Posted 09-13-2004 at 21:38:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a ashfalt paving co. some of the old tires are mixed in with the new mixes of ashfalt and used again that way, others are ground down and the steel belt is removed shreaded and use for things like play grounds.


RayP(MI)    Posted 09-11-2004 at 18:56:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Long story, but a few years ago, helped a neighbor clean up about a quarter million tires that were dumped on his land before he acquired it. DNR got on him and the recycler to clean it up. Anyway, recycler sorted tires by size, and visual inspection. Anything that looked passable was put in a semi-trailer, and shipped to trailer manufacturers out of state. (Think about that a minute!) Tires that didn't pass the visual inspection went into a shredder that worked like a giant paper shredder. Then chunks were trucked into a field and dumped. Last I knew, the pile was 30' deep and covered 30 acres. Plan was to let them rot until metal all rusted away, and then sell rubber for recycling. Heaven help us if that pile ever catches fire!


Rowdy Yates    Posted 09-10-2004 at 23:35:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
At some/alot of places it's a scam. These places may have recycled at one time and still may recycle some tires, but not all. I've seen many places charge a person to recycle their used tires and turn right around and throw them in a dumpster. I have witnessed this, and was told to do so by my ex-employer also. I can throw them in a dumpster myself, I don't need anyone to charge me to do so. The profits are much greater this way!


henrich Iowa    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:24:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Actually, you end up buying them back as other products. Rubber mulch that comes in shredded and nugget for, eight different colors. The nuggets give the best fall factor on the market for playgrounds, con't compact, are non-toxic, non-allergenic, won't mold, won't wash away, won't blow away, color won't rub off and have a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Infact, I am doing the third day care center in Sioux City with Caribbean Blue and it will look great when I am done. It sure beats sand and pea gravel where animals like to leave a deposit, you can always find you earth worms for fishing in the sand as well as it harboring mold and other foreign material.


RN    Posted 09-10-2004 at 18:19:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tire recyclers vary on final disposal, some tires selected for bumpers, sliced out tread pieces used as floor pads , ground up tire with steel belting and cord removed used as asphalt road bed material, selected coarse chop used in modified coal burning power plants as partial fuel source, refined processed tires source of oil and lamp black carbon for making new tires. The labor involved in separation, cleaning, processing adds up, you won't make a lot of money quick and easy, markets vary by location. RN.


Good Response!!!!!!!    Posted 09-10-2004 at 22:38:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
RN,

You forgot, the bumpers on Tug boats and pilot craft. What about turning the big Ag. tires inside out to make livestock feeders.

Oh did we forget that old tire swing, Grandpa suspended from the Mullberry tree, at Grandma's house?

How about the strawberries and rubarb plants grown in the center of those old tractor tires?

Ever played volley ball? With net suspended by pipe cemented into tires?

Out in the dryland, they stock pile tires by the side of the road so the farmers can take the tracked vehicles across gravel or paved roads, to fields across the way,without tearing them up.

I guess recycling is more than chopping and reformulating.

Thanks RN, for jogging my memory.

Alex



Alex    Posted 09-10-2004 at 18:10:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a recycling center here, they charge $2.00/passenger tire $5.00/large truck tire. Ag, industrial, forrestry aand mining are charged more.

Tire dealers are charged by the ton, it gets passed on to their customers.

I'm not sure what they(the recyclers) do with the tires but maybe I'll check on that.

I do know they tried using shreded tires in asphalt for some lesser highways around here.

Bad news, started some kind of reaction after a period of time. The roads would spontaniously combust.

NET RESULT: NASTY STINKING SMOKING FLAMING FREEWAY.

Alex


DD    Posted 09-10-2004 at 18:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alex, some of those shredded tires have been put down on some of our playgrounds like a "spongey" mat. That way if the children do happen to fall off the jungle gym Hopefully they won't get hurt as bad. It comes in a huge roll and it feels kinda soft when you walk on it : )


Alex    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:24:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
DD,

I've seen that, the problem they had with the flaming highways was that they chopped steel belts and all. As the steel belt oxidized(rusted)it became hot and there for auto ignition resulted.

For anyone who would like to see some real fire works, OUTDOORS ONLY PLEASE, take some old steel wool and put a match to it. Or a 9 volt battery.

One of my Safety pet peeves, since my Navy days, is junk tossed into drawers. Including batteries and steel wool.

OK thats off my chest.

Alex


RN    Posted 09-10-2004 at 21:57:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wisconsin tries to clean chopped tires of metal belts with magnet before putting ground rubber in road. Road hasn't burned yet. Rubberized road doesn't get as many cracks in winter /summer expansion/contract cycle supposedly. RN


Good Idea.....    Posted 09-10-2004 at 23:02:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
RN,

I 'm glad to hear they are still working with the process.

Unfortunately, here in Washington(the Other Washington, The State) they tried it on some remote highways that when they caught fire the detour was lengthy!!!! Probably 90-150 miles.

Here on the dry side, the farmers just disc up a fire brake between the road and their fields. Most of the dryland farmers do not measure fields by acres but by sections, Ten, twenty even thirty sections not uncommon.

On the wet side, they hoped 125 inches of rain a year would put out the fires, no such luck.

I believe it is a technology that could prove itself, but it is hard to re-sell, when they had to let it burn itself out, because they had no economical means to extuinish the flames.


I believe that with technology that recycling will become a profitabile means of reducing the number of tires that exist only as mosquitoe breeding grounds.

Alex


mike    Posted 09-10-2004 at 17:57:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot of tires get sold in container lots overseas, mainly to south america. don't kid yourself, they are sold in lots of 5-6000 tires that have been sorted and graded. yes there is a dollar to be made but it ain't as easy as you figger...


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