1000 Flowers for the Planet - #279 Recycle Tyres
Hundreds of millions of tyres are sold around the world annually and eventually these same tyres will wear out and need to be ‘disposed’ of. Putting them into landfill is not a terrific idea because they actually contain toxic chemicals, which will leach into the environment and destroy organisms, contaminate soils and also run off into waterways. Apart from affecting wildlife and sea life it eventually affects us too.
Ensure when you have the tyres on your car replaced that the company you deal with will be recycling the old tyres in some way. Germany uses many of their tyres to burn for fuel, other countries concentrate on reuse in the form of garden ornaments, pots for plants, swings and climbing equipment, carry buckets, storage buckets, furniture, posts along roadways etc etc.
They’re still something that leeches chemicals into the environment, but I can’t see many of us refusing to use them by giving up our cars any time soon, so let’s put our thinking caps on and see how we can better manage the initial resource in the first place, and the end product after it has worn out. In the meantime, keep recycling.