Waste Tyres Piled- 45000 tyres
A HAMPSHIRE tyre business has been fined thousands of pounds for illegally stockpiling 45,000 of waste scrap tyres at an industrial estate.
Eric Roberts says…
What caused the scrap tyres problem?
“All this has stemmed from the fact that waste tyres do not have a value, in fact the opposite is the case, we have to pay anything from 50p to£1 for Waste Tyre Removal and to be disposed of . At one time ,when remoulds were very popular, we would actually sell our old tyres to the remoulding company and to scrap tyre dealers who would come round collecting the old tyres for money.
The most popular scrap tyres to sell were the Michelin tyres. In the tyre trade an old tyre is known as a “casing” and the Michelin casings were the best quality casings that you could get. The same applies today, Michelin are still probably one of the best quality that you can buy, although more expensive than other brands they are probably still the best on the market.
Things started to change with the introduction of new cheap tyres from China and other “far eastern” countries. These cheap imports were flooding the market and could be bought for cheaper than a remould tyre. Of course it did not take long before the remould companies went out of business. Some of the remould companies concentrated on the remould truck market and continued in business, but the car re-molders soon closed down due to the lack of sales.
This caused us all a big problem we have all seen the Waste Tyres Piled on roasd sides, because no body wanted the old scrap tyres, it became a huge problem and European Union soon started to introduce new laws about tyre
disposal. This was followed by new companies setting up to dispose of the Waste Tyres Piled . The most significant new law would not let scrap tyres be used in landfill sites (tips). So solutions had to be thought of quickly. Germany had already started using old scrap tyres to burn in cement kilns to turn the liquid cement into the powder that we use in building things, but here in Britain we were a bit slow, but we are now looking at similar ideas. Most are now shredded and used in all sorts of applications including mixing the shredded rubber with tarmac to be used on road building.
All this however did not stop illegal Waste Tyres Piled dumping and we still have the problem today. we have all seen old ones piled up in the country side or on waste land, and guys like the one who rented a large building or just land to fill with scrap tyres and then when they are full they just walk away and leave the problem to the owner of the building. One old mill in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire was filled with over a million scrap tyres and then the culprits just walked away leaving the problem to the environment agency, which in the long run has to be paid by the tax payer”.
Article by Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk
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