For off-the-road fleet owners and operators, constantly replacing truck tires is a critical component of safety and security management. For the uninitiated, old and worn-out tires may still look fully-functional. However, those within the trucking industry know exactly when they should put in a new set, as they understand the safety risks of delaying replacements.
The weight and load of heavy duty vehicles put a lot of pressure on the tires, and while built for such purposes, it doesn’t automatically mean they last forever. So what happens to them? It depends on a lot of things, but environmentally-conscious fleeting companies have these components sent out to an OTR tire recycling service.
Ongoing Tire Manufacturing and Its Environmental Impact
Green fleeting companies understand that the continuous manufacturing process of tires put a huge toll on the environment, particularly on the available resources. While there is an abundance of raw materials, replenishing them takes a long time. Their high utilization – around 200 raw materials for every single tire – in everyday industrial applications put them at risk of complete depletion.
Environmental Effects of High Energy Consumption in the Tire Manufacturing Industry
There is also the concern surrounding the high energy consumption in the tire manufacturing process. Use of massive amounts of energy means greater consumption of fossil fuels, which then further increases the risks of climate change and global warming. Reducing the demand for the creation of new tires can result in minimized environmental hostility.
Recycling Lessens Not Just Consumption, but Also Waste
Waste products are some of the leading causes of various types of pollution, including those that affect land, water, and air. So just imagine how big of an impact old and unused tires have.
Recycling, when carried out properly, contributes significantly to the lessening of both resource consumption and wastage. OTR fleet owners and managers should implement this green practice and contribute to saving the planet.