Why do we pay for tire disposal when whole tires are turned into rubber mulch?

Tire Recycling and Rubber Mulch

Remeber When the Best Thing to Do With a Tire Was Make a Tire Swing?

We often receive calls from individuals and businesses that have a large amount of tires. People generally call with the hope that they can sell us their tires for rubber mulch. Sometimes, people buy property and discover tires on the property or in a storage unit that they have purchased or rented. Tires are by the very nature very tough, just think of what they do for us every day running down the highway at high speeds!

Tipping fees, or the fees you pay to discard tires, support multiple things. When people illegally dump tires often the state is responsible for cleaning up the dump sites. Due to the heavy equipment and labor needed to retrieve the tires, liability insurance, and transportation costs the clean up costs can be quite expensive. The state uses part of the money to cover illegal tire sites which can pose a public health problem. A small portion of the fees paid at your local tire store go to cover the store’s administrative costs in accounting to the state or other enforcement agency. The balance of the fees help cover the processing costs of grinding the tires. Remember that the tires have to be picked up, stacked on a truck by hand, and transported by large trucks requiring a lot of fuel.

Grinding tires is a very expensive operation. Equipment is extremely heavy duty and is very expensive. Rubber, during the grinding process is very abrasive and wears the internal components of the machines quickly. Tire grinders are typically electric or diesel and require a tremendous amount of either resulting in enormous costs. If the grinding operation is equipped they may be able to recycle all of the material, if not there is a disposal cost of the unwanted material. The good material has to be hauled to a manufacturer who must be willing to take non-virgin material or in other words recycled material. Unfortunately, the value of the rubber is not large enough to sustain the operation and bankruptcies with tire grinding operations are common. Therefore, tipping or disposal fees, are required to insure that tire recycling operators can continue to operate.
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