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.
Related Documents and Information:
- Field Study of Water Quality Effects of Tire Shreds Placed Below the Water Table
- Five-Year Study Of The Water Quality Effects Of Tire Shreds Placed Above The Water Table
- Air Emissions From Scrap Tire Combustion
- Scrap Tire Cleanup Guidebook
- Tire Pile Fires-Prevention, Response, Remediation
- What Can be Done to Limit Tire Dumping
- Prevention and Management of Scrap Tire Fires
- “A Review of the Potential Health and Safety Risks from Synthetic Turf Fields Containing Crumb Rubber Infill”
- Evaluation of Health Effects of Recycled Waste Tires in Playground and Track Products
- Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber Found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields
- EPA-Scrap Tire: The Handbook on Recycling Applications and Management for the U.S. and Mexico