W.A. Government bars old tyres for landfill

July 19, 2007 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

I recently read that “Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman announced a total ban on the dumping of used tyres into landfill in the Perth metropolitan area and the larger regional centres by 2011.”

There are some aspects to this initiative that might cause problems later. Stockpiling old tyres, for use as a material source for later applications yet to be developed, is risky. Stacks of old tyres accumulate vermin, rubbish, spiders, and lots of nasties.
They are a huge fire risk also, and occupy a lot of room. If they were cut in half around the crown (circumference) of the tyres, many of these objections will be minimised, as they can be stacked and baled much tighter. There is no mention of the portable machinery required to do this in the W.A. Government Environment Minister’s statement.
The other applications mentioned such as horse training tracks, surfacing for childrens playgrounds, and the like, are a mere “drop in the bucket” for a real problem.
The other question is “who pays?”
But good on them for having a go!

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