Scrap Tires & the Environment

Properly handled, scrap tires do not present any major environmental problems.

If improperly handled however, scrap tires can be a threat to the environment. Tires exposed to the elements can hold water and be a breeding space for mosquitoes that carry disease. Tire piles can be set on fire through arson or accident. These fires are difficult to put out, and produce heavy smoke and toxic run off to waterways. Tire piles can also harbor other vermin, such as rats and snakes.

The RMA strongly supports programs to clean up scrap tire stockpiles and eliminate these environmental threats. It also promotes training of fire service personnel to deal with scrap tire fires.

This section provides information on scrap tire fire fighting techniques, scrap tire pile cleanup and other environmental issues.

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