Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Tire Disposal


The technology to turn a potentially hazardous waste product (i.e., scrap tires) into a valuable resource is available now.

Make sure the material is being used for its original purpose or intention for as long as needed. An example of this would: create rubber compound and tire durability. Reuse tire casings and make sure tire is properly inflated at all times.

Tires can be broken down into debris, which can be blended into crumb rubber, sold as raw materials.

Fuel and energy can be created by recycling scrap tires.

 Use mechanically processed tires for energy recovery.
 Tire chips added to coal as fuel supplement in power plants, paper mills, cement kilns, etc.

 Alter the chemical structure of scrap tires and use the products for energy recovery.
 Pyrolysis, Supercritical Extraction.


 Disposal without any current or future use.

Today companies are concocting programs/plans to reduce the amount of pollution resulting from the traditional environmentally unfriendly ways of tire disposal. For example, The California Integrated Waste Management Board is currently managing tire waste with an innovative program that includes:

  • Development of technical standards and permit requirements for waste tire facilities.
  • Registration of used and waste tire haulers.
  • Enforcement actions against illegal tire facilities.
  • Investigation into used and waste tire hauler and waste tire facility/storage complaints.
  • Research and development supporting markets for tire-derived products.
  • Technical and financial assistance to local governments.
Another alternative is the Clean Energy Tire Furnace, which is patented by Atlantic Pacific Energy Systems. The key benefits include:
  • Fast reduction of tire waste by reducing a 20 lb. tire down to one pound of ash within 30 seconds.
  • Eclectic technology is great for heating buildings and making steam.
  • Clean and Purified Energy by producing 26000 lbs. of steam within an hour wihtout releasing any harmful smoke.
  • Ease of Transformation: because tires are processed as one whole, reduction is not necessary.
  • Tired can be used to cover blasting areas.
  • Can be used for landfills to prevent underground leaking.