Officials hoping to recycle used tires

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Members of the West Central Solid Waste District are concerned about the proper disposal of tires.

As it stands, there are no places in the tri-county area that recycle tires. When tire shops dispose of tires, a company comes in and shreds them so they can be taken to landfills.

Carolyn Robinson, office and programs coordinator for WCSWD, said at a meeting on Wednesday this was not an option she wished to pursue. The board made a motion to have a company from Peru come to their July meeting to talk about different options of tire disposal and recycling.

The board also heard about the recycling center in Rockville.

Often, patrons wishing to recycle on the weekends can't due to the bins already being full. Instead, they just end up throwing things away.

"It is not good for you to be teaching people about recycling then not giving the people the option to," Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray told Robinson.

Robinson said the cost to have the bins emptied more than once a week was $150 per visit. The board then talked about that option, but took no action.

Robinson showed the board a water bottle made from corn.

The bottles are good for 90 uses and biodegrade completely in a commercial landfill in 80 days. The cap includes a water filter for filtering out the chlorine in municipal water.

The bottles cost $7 a piece. Robinson wanted to let people know about these bottles because they are better for the environment than plastic, although pricier.

Information on the bottles can be found online at

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  • That is the coolest idea for a container, finally a great alternative for plastic! My favorite part is the filter to remove chlorine.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 6:00 AM
  • Can these tires somehow be used to put on roads? Instead of just rock or just chip & seal or paving. There has to be some sort of way to recycle these tires, melt them down and put in some type of additive to use on roads. Just curious, from an uneducated idiot.

    -- Posted by cty-govt-a-muck on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 7:24 AM
  • They do have a way to recycle tires. They dip them in liquid nitrogen, then they are ground up while brittle. This process makes it easier to separate the steel belts from the rubber. Then both materials may be recycled.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Jun 27, 2008, at 4:42 AM
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