As so many people today turn their attention towards “going green” in an effort to better care for the environment, lots of people wonder what they can do.
Many know that they can recycle but may not know what they can recycle and how exactly their contribution can help. One recycling opportunity often left unconsidered is auto recycling. Automobile parts can be recycled in a variety of ways, but unfortunately many of the parts that can be recycled end up in landfills instead. According to new studies, even tires can be recycled and can actually prevent streets from cracking in the process.
New Study on Tires
While tires are replaced somewhere around ever 50,000 miles, those that are discarded are very often just thrown away, and are not put to much use other than the occasional kids backyard tire swing. However, that could all be changing. “A University of British Columbia study claims using recycled tire fibers in concrete can increase resiliency from cracking by more than 90 percent” according to an article by Recycling Today. This new approach has the potential to make roads more resilient, less dangerous to drive on, and longer lasting thereby saving money. On top of that, waste in landfills could be dramatically reduced if this recycling technique were to be implemented throughout entire counties, countries, or even around the world.
While it may seem strange that tire fibers can increase concrete resilience, according to Recycling Today “concrete structures tend to develop cracks over time, but the polymer fibers are bridging the cracks as they form, helping protect the structure and making it last longer.” Most drivers have witnessed this occurrence, the deterioration of highways and roads and the cracks that quickly turn into tire-popping, car-bucking pot holes. This sort of ingenuity and out of the box thinking (I mean really, grinding up old tires and adding to the mix of our roads? Who would have thought!) is just the kind of innovation that is needed in so many fields, including recycling and improving infrastructure.
As this technology continues to develop and become more applicable and wide-spread, there are exceptional benefits and few, if any drawbacks. Innovation so often comes with entanglements and controversy, but this advancement has a very limited potential to be unpopular.
Benefits will include:
- Fewer tires in landfills
- A smaller carbon footprint
- A healthier, more sustainable environment
- The creation of jobs through the evolution of the creation of concrete as well as the conversion of existing roads as they deteriorate
- The money saving that comes with having to replace roads less often in the future
- Fewer inconsistencies in the road
- Increased safety of individuals driving
This new technology could vastly improve the driving experience of so many drivers, and could immensely impact the resiliency of important infrastructure. As people continue trying to find new and better ways to recycle, the auto industry can be and should be a large part of that effort. With more than a billion cars on the road around the world, and more than 11 billion miles of road around the world, this has the potential to be a major shift in auto recycling and in preventing landfills being stuffed with used tires.
Over time humans have created and explored new ways of doing things, and that sort of creation and imagination has led to the world humans know, inhabit and to a great extent control today. As more and more discoveries are made in the field of auto recycling, it is important that good ideas are spread and implemented in order to inspire new innovation and to improve the world in the process. Through the every day experiments, ideas and publications of inventors and scientists, recycling can become more prominent, and more beneficial to an ever increasing number of people as well as the to the planet.