A property management firm recently stumbled onto an illegal dump of 16,000 tyres, stashed in a disused railway arch in Ardwick, Manchester. Two recovery companies, Sapphire and Saltire, were called in to deal with the problem, and between them they cleared the site in three days. The tyres were chipped and then sent to a cement works, where they will be used as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing process.
According to Keith Rodgers of Saltire, “Tyre dumps are not only illegal but a disaster waiting to happen, and we’re pleased we’ve been able to help ensure these tyres were safely disposed of in a quick and environmentally responsible way. This case highlights the vital importance of using a responsible collector who not only has the correct waste collection and disposal licences, but a tried and tested disposal route which tyre retailers and garages can trust”.
With 100,000 tyres being replaced every day, tyre dealers need to be assured of a reliable way of disposing of unwanted tyres. This is increasingly difficult and forms a central role in maintaining a green policy within the tyre industry. Companies such as Sapphire and Saltire offer tyre companies major support in this area. Keith Rodgers underlines their role, “Our nationwide network of sites is purposely designed to support major conurbations such as Manchester so we can deal quickly with the higher numbers of used tyres generated in such highly populated areas in an efficient way as possible, which was vital in this situation where there was a potential health and safety risk”.