What is it?
The first version of tires were bands of metal fitted around wooden wheels to prevent wear and tear. The next phase of tires was solid rubber. The tires we use today are mainly made of rubber and filled with compressed air. Metal tires are still used for things like railcars, while solid rubber tires can be found in non-automotive applications like lawnmowers and wheelbarrows.
What is the issue?
Tires pose problems at landfills because they take up a lot of space and do not break down. Whole tires tend to drift the top of the landfill and break through liners or closure caps. Throwing away tires is also a wasted opportunity to reuse valuable resources.
Where can it go?
The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation is a non-profit organization that deals with the responsible recycling of tires in Saskatchewan. People buying new tires leave the scrap tires with their tire retailer, and SSTC picks them up. In addition, retailers participating in SSTC's Return2Retailer program accept tires back from consumers. SSTC also offers a voluntary bike tire recycling program in the major centres. Please check out our database to find a location near to you.
What happens after?
Tires can be used to make a wide range of products like walkways, playground material, rubber mulch, paving stones, and parking curbs.
How can I reduce?
Buy longer-tread life tires.
Rotate your tires every 10,000 km.
Check tire pressure once a month or before long trips and keep your tires inflated at recommended level.