Places Where Recycled Tires are Used
Until recently, the majority of railroad tracks were held in place by ties (sleepers) made from wood requiring regular re-coating with tar-based creosote, which is very detrimental to the nearby flora and fauna.
However, rubber composite from recycled tires is now being used to form ties that are much more shock and sound absorbent. They also have the advantage of being durable requiring no preservative coating.
Vehicle tires are commonly used as buffers or fenders being suspended from boats, piers and jetties to prevent damage.
The tires are used to form crash barriers on car and motorcycle race circuits.
Earthship is the name given to a house built using recycled rubber tires, the tires being filled with soil and laid on top of each other to form the outside walls. Once completed, wooden boards are fixed to the outside and inside walls to prevent movement and to improve the building's aesthetic appearance.
This may seem contradictory to what we have said about tires being banned from landfills, however, once the tires have been shredded, the coarse strips of rubber can be used as backfill to gas piping as a drainage aid.
Clay is normally used to cap (cover the rubbish) on a daily basis or at a landfill site closure, but shredded tires are now being used for this purpose instead.
Recycled tires can also be used to produce remolded tires from undamaged, worn tires; a cheap alternative to new tires.
Processed rubber from recycled ties can be added to asphalt which can be used to resurface pavement and roads. Processed rubber can also be used on its own to lay resilient sports tracks and provide safe cover on children’s play grounds.