Researchers from Hamilton, in Canada, stated that they found a brand new way to dissolve the rubber that is used in car tires, a thing that can help with keeping a single-use item away from landfills.
The study was released recently, and researchers from the McMaster University state that their method can help us in reducing the environmental and safety hazards, which are usually related to stockpiled tires.
The characteristics which make the tires durable on the road are also the ones that make them difficult to break and re-use, which means that most of them end up in landfills and storage facilities, a thing that eventually leads to the contamination of the environment.
Researchers Work On Recycling The Rubber From Car Tires
This new process allows old tires to be turned into new products, including new tires. Chemics also had their say in this: it works by breaking the sulfur-to-sulfur bond from the tire material. However, they also say that the process is quite expensive, more expensive than it should for the industrial applications.
Michael Brook, who is the lead author of the study, and also a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at McMaster, has talked about it, saying that this is a significant first step. He also spoke about a fire that burned for weeks in a pile of 14 million scrap tires, about 30 years ago.
He continued by asking himself why people collect tires of huge sizes because we don’t really know how to deal with them. A small portion is used in playgrounds or asphalt, but what about the rest of it? He then continued by saying: “The idea that you make three billion tires last year and put them in a landfill after a single-use, to me, it just doesn’t make any sense.”