Tire Recall Exposes Need for Tire Destruction
Last week, the Vietnamese tire company and Liberty Tire Recycling, one of the nation’s largest scrap tire processors, were working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to locate nearly 8,000 recalled tires sold to wholesalers in
Called the CompacTire system, the machine significantly flattens a tire and holds it in position with common steel nails acting as staples. Devlin invented this technology in 2004 after observing tire service staff at a local retailer spending more than an hour loading discarded tires on a truck bound for disposal. Devlin, who holds patents in 33 countries that generate 2 billion waste tires each year, licenses the technology to tire disposal companies in the U.S.,
“CompacTire permanently destroys the tire, reduces its size by more than 50 percent and cuts labor and freight expenses in half,” Devlin says. “It allows a manufacturer, recycler, or tire dealer to pack and transport discarded tires more efficiently putting this commodity into a form that allows the waste industry to collect it using its current assets.”
Without total tire destruction, manufacturers are liable when a tire that has reached the end of its useful life is recycled back onto vehicles via used tire dealers. In 2007, the RMA issued a Tire Information Service Bulletin listing many negative factors affecting the condition of used tires, and advising caution to consumers considering them for purchase.