WHY RECYCLE TYRES
Tyres are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste. In South Africa, it is estimated that there are millions of waste tyres lying in dumps and stockpiles or scattered across the country in residential, industrial and rural areas. Approximately 11 million waste tyres are added to this number each year (courtesy of REDISA, 2014). Over the years, thousands of tonnes of scrap tyres are illegally dumped every year and not only cost millions of Rands annually but also produce severe health hazards and environmental damage.
Whether they are dumped, burnt or landfilled; every tyre that isn’t properly recycled leaches significant toxics and hazardous compounds into our environment. Imagine the impact of 11 million tyres p.a. – that’s an incredible amount of heavy metals, toxics and poisons introduced into our environment each year! These toxic chemicals consist of lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, hydrogen chloride, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), arsenic, mercury, chromium, and vanadium – substances that are detrimental to our health and the health of our future generations.
A large urban Danish study in 2012 concluded that for every 10dB increase in the volume of road traffic noise exposure there was a 12 per cent increase in the risk of having a heart attack (PloS One, 2012). This was the case for estimated traffic noise at the time of the heart attack and over the preceding five years.
This does not mean that traffic noise alone causes heart attacks. The authors who conducted the research speculated that higher noise exposure may increase stress and sleep disturbances, and that these in turn may lead to more heart attacks.
THE SOLUTION TO SOUTH AFRICA’S GROWING PROBLEM
In 2016, EnviroBuild (Pty) Ltd established itself as a leading manufacturer of rubber paving using SafeCrumb™ in South Africa. The SafeCrumb™ is sourced from the leading manufacturer of recycled rubber crumb in South Africa, Mathe Group.
We are not just concerned with being good to the environment. We are also committed to ensuring our employees are afforded the opportunity to work in a safe and healthy environment.