Globally, an estimated one billion tires reach the end of their useful lives every year. Management of scrap tires in environmentally sound and productive ways continues to be a high priority goal. Various efforts in all parts of the globe are currently underway to address the scrap tire issue and good progress is being made.
Recovery of end of life tires provides a cost-effective and environmentally sound energy for several industries, replacing traditional fossil fuels. It also provides innovative materials to replace other limited natural resources. In many parts of the world, burning recycled “shred” as Tire-Derived Fuel (TDF) is a common practice.
Canada’s geographic character and widespread population has prompted a more diverse approach over the years. Our collection systems and processing technology must be compatible with longer transportation distances, seasonal variations in volume, fewer concentrated urban areas, and smaller number of vehicles overall.
It goes without saying that what goes onto a vehicle must eventually come off, and even more importantly, something must be done with it. When it comes to tires, that involves recycling, and that is CATRA’s focus because we are the Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies.
The level of cooperation and collaboration in Canada is truly unique. Growing public support for waste reduction throughout the country has helped to sharpen our focus on recovering and recycling as many resources as possible, from every scrap tire Canadians generate. The emphasis on finding new, value-added applications is expected to strengthen even further in the years ahead.
Here’s a great video that shows how tires are processed